Transport for London has given over 500 unclaimed toys to The Salvation Army to donate to children in south London so they get a gift this Christmas.
Earlier this week, Tfl gave the lost toys to the Deptford branch of The Salvation Army, for their Christmas Present Appeal.
The Salvation Army will now work with Lewisham Council to distribute the toys to those who may otherwise have gone without this Christmas.
This is the seventh year TfL’s Lost Property Office has donated new unclaimed children’s toys to The Salvation Army.
“Although it is a shame that these toys were not reclaimed by the original owners, the thought that they will now bring smiles to the faces of many children who might otherwise have gone without is heartwarming," said Paul Cowan, operations performance manager of the Lost Property Office.
"The fact that so many brand new toys have been handed in is also a testament to the honesty of the travelling public in London.
"The team here work extremely hard throughout the year to deal with hundreds of thousands of items of lost property and it is great to see their efforts highlighted once again through this donation to such a worthy cause.”
All the toys donated went unclaimed for over three months and have all been provided in their packaging. The selection ranges from dolls and play sets to board games and electronic gadgets.
Captain Kevin Stanbury of The Salvation Army’s Deptford Community Church added: “This donation from Transport for London is invaluable in allowing us to provide toys to children and families who would otherwise go without this Christmas.
"The Salvation Army work closely with local council outreach workers to ensure that the toys go to those who are most in need.
"As a Church and charity we look to be there for people when they need us, not just at Christmas but all year round, by offering compassionate support and practical help which we hope our toy appeals are one example of. We hope families and children who were facing a bleak Christmas can now feel the joy and happiness that the season should bring.”
TfL urges all passengers to check they have their belongings with them before leaving any mode of transport, especially when they may have extra luggage or shopping with them.