Generous shoppers donated 90 bags of toys with a value of £1,000 to the Barnardo’s shops in Carrickfergus before Christmas.
It meant a bumper New Year bonus for some of the most disadvantaged children in Northern Ireland through the annual Argos Toy Exchange.
In total 1,400 bags of toys were donated to the charity’ shops across the province which were then sold and raised £16,700.
Pay tribute to those who supported the initiative, Lynda Wilson, Barnardo’s NI director, said: “This is the third year of the partnership and we are delighted that the Argos Toy Exchange has again proved such a success, particularly in such a challenging economic climate.
“The donations we received ahead of the busy Christmas period gave a substantial boost to our stock and provided a real festive bonus.
“Donations are absolutely essential, to keep our stores trading. All profits from selling these toys are ploughed directly into Barnardo’s NI work with vulnerable and disadvantaged children, so a huge thank-you to everyone in Carrickfergus who took part.”
The Toy Exchange is in the third year of a partnership between the retailer and children’s charity.
It encouraged customers from the former to donate their pre-loved toys at stores, to be sold through Barnardo’s network.
Those making donations were rewarded with a voucher offering £5 off a £35 spend on toys at Argos with vouchers valid up until Christmas Eve.
Amy Whidburn, head of Corporate Responsibility for Argos, said: “As a family retailer, we are delighted that the money raised is going to help support some of Barnardo’s vital causes such as early year’s development and vocational skills training.
“We know how much of an impact this will make to disadvantaged families and would like to thank our customers for their generosity.”
Pre-loved clothes, toys, or other goods can be donated at Barnardo’s High Street stores or visit: www.barnardos.org.uk/shop