Wrap a gift to fulfill a child’s dream this Christmas

This campaign will help many more children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses to realsie their dreams. PHOTO: Reach For A Dream.

Toys R Us, in aid of Reach For A Dream, will give you the perfect chance to put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas. Residents of Bloemfontein are invited to take part in the Christmas Gift Wrapping campaign where they can either donate money or time towards making the dreams of a child with a life-threatening illness come true.

The campaign will run at Toys R Us, College Square, where shoppers are invited to get their toys wrapped for a donation. The organisation also invites people to volunteer two hours of their time to gift wrap toys as their contribution to the charitable campaign.

According to Reach For A Dream Branch Manager, Yolanda Maartens Brown, people can donate whatever amount from the heart to brighten up a little one’s life. “This year, if you are in Bloemfontein, you are welcome to purchase a toy from Toys R Us and we will wrap it for you in store for a donation of an amount of your choosing. That money will go towards fulfilling the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses,” said Maartens Brown.

Your gifts can be wrapped just in time for Christmas as the campaign will be taking place from 13 to 24 December 2019. “We need people to come and give two hours of their time towards the foundation. You don’t have to be a pledged Reach For A Dream volunteer as we welcome all businesses and individuals to give us a hand. It will also be a great chance for anyone who wants to gain community service experience,” said Maartens Brown. “People are always so ready to give but it has been a tough year financially, so taking part in this campaign will not cost any money,” she added.

The foundation helps children who suffer from illnesses such as cancer and severe heart conditions among others to enjoy a dream day when they get to have whatever their heart’s desire, whether it is a bike or a trip to the beach. “The children we work with are from the Free State, Northern Cape and some from Lesotho and are between the ages of 3 and 18. They are children who may not see their 18th birthday, so the dreams we can fulfill while we can, are important,” expressed Maartens Brown.

People are welcome to take part on weekdays from 09:00 to 17:00, Saturdays between 09:00 and 16:00, and Sundays from 09:00 to 14:00. To be part of this wonderful initiative, you can contact Maartens Brown on yolanda@reachforadream.org.za or 083-781-2550.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele