TfL helps donate lost toys to new homes this festive season

Hundreds of toys are to be donated to families across South London by TfL during the Christmas period.

The scheme, announced yesterday in association with the Deptford branch of the Salvation Army, will see some of the thousands of items left on public transport being given to disadvantaged children.

The toys range from soft toys to board games and sports equipment.

Marilyn Voase, Property Section Manager at the Lost Property Office for TfL, said: “The idea came from a member of staff, Paul Farmer, and was supported by the rest of the staff who thought it would be nice to save up the unclaimed toys that are lost on the Tube, buses and black taxis and to donate them to this good cause.”

Captain Kevin Stanbury of The Salvation Army’s Deptford Community Centre, said: “The presents make a real difference to people who would otherwise be struggling at this time of year. It’s great to see the children’s faces light up when they get the presents

“Transport for London’s donation really does bring joy to so many people.”

Over 1000 items are handed in each day to the Lost Property Office. Some of the stranger items handed in include: human skulls, breast implants, Rolex watches worth over £250,000 and a lawnmower.

To find out more about the Salvation Army’s nationwide Christmas Present Appeal click here.

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