Make a Child’s Christmas with the Barnardos Toy Appeal supported by GLS ParcelShops

16 Nov 2016 in Press Releases, Fundraising, Featured

Barnardos Toy Appeal with GLS

~ Give a child the gift of Christmas ~

16 November 2016. As winter sets in and the festive season approaches, it’s easy to forget about the many families who rely on the generosity of others to make Christmas special for their children. By adding the Barnardos Toy Appeal to your shopping list you can reach out to these families and help make a child’s Christmas wish come true.

Every Christmas Barnardos needs gifts for children of all ages, from babies through to teenagers. The charity asks that all gifts are new and unwrapped and has a handy gift guide on its website,, to help shoppers choose age-appropriate toys and gifts.

For the seventh year, GLS ParcelShops are supporting the Barnardos Toy Appeal. Drop your gift off at any of 180 GLS ParcelShops nationwide by Friday 16 December and it will be delivered to Barnardos in time for Christmas. To find your local GLS ParcelShop visit

Barnardos provides specialised early intervention and prevention services to over 14,100 children and families in 40 communities across Ireland.


Notes to Editors:

Barnardos works with children of all ages, from infants up to teenagers. Some suggestions if you need help in choosing your gift:

  • Infants and toddlers: Activity toys, pre-school toys
  • 3-6 years: Soft toys, action toys, character toys such as Peppa Pig and SpongeBob SquarePants
  • 7-9 years: Board games, dressing up outfits, books, cars
  • 10-15 years: Books, jewellery, games, music, toiletries, clothes vouchers

We ask that all gifts for the Barnardos Toy Appeal are new and worth about €10, to ensure that all children get something of equal quality.

Our supporters GLS are collecting gifts in their ParcelShops all over Ireland and will deliver the gifts to Barnardos in time for Christmas. To find your local GLS ParcelShop visit

If you can't make it to a GLS location, you can choose to give an online gift of any value; just visit

For further information, please contact:

Barnardos Press Office: 01 7080 442 / 086 044 5966

Rachel Boyce; 01 7080 443,

Conor Grogan; 01 7080 423

About Barnardos

Barnardos supports children whose well-being is under threat, by working with them, their families and communities and by campaigning for the rights of children. Barnardos was established in Ireland in 1962 and is Ireland’s leading independent children’s charity.

GLS in Ireland and Europe

GLS Ireland is a subsidiary of General Logistics Systems B.V. (headquartered in Amsterdam). GLS realises reliable, high-quality parcel services for over 220,000 customers in Europe, complemented by logistics and express services. “Quality leader in European parcel logistics” is GLS’ guiding principle, sustainability being one of the core values. Through wholly owned and partner companies, the Group provides a network coverage of 41 European states and is globally connected via contractual agreements. 41 central transhipment points and more than 700 depots are at GLS’ disposal. With its ground based network GLS is one of the leading parcel service providers in Europe. About 14,000 employees handle 431 million parcels per year. Every day around 20,000 vehicles are on route for GLS. In the financial year 2015/16 GLS achieved revenues of 2.2 billion euros. More information available at