Christmas cheer to hundreds of children

TfL’s Lost Property Office donated toys to the Salvation Army 24 November 2008. Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Lost Property Office donated hundreds of brand new toys to The Salvation Army to give to children over the Christmas period.

The Lost Property Office handles items lost on the TfL network, including London Buses, London Underground, London Overground, Docklands Light Railway, licensed taxis or in Victoria Coach Station.

The toys will appeal to children of all ages and range from soft toys and board games to sports equipment, scooters and even a robot dinosaur.
The Salvation Army in Deptford, south London, will work with the local council to distribute the toys to families in need.

Paul Farmer of TfL’s Lost Property Office, said: “It gives us great pleasure to donate these wonderful toys to The Salvation Army to give to children who might not be expecting any Christmas presents this year.
We know things can be tough for families, and we hope this will bring a smile to many children’s faces on Christmas day.“

Captain Kevin Stanbury, The Salvation Army officer at Deptford, said:
“Every Christmas, The Salvation Army collects presents to distribute to families through its Christmas present appeal. The gifts from TfL will help us to make sure that families throughout south London will have a happy Christmas."

Between 600 and 1,000 items are handed in each day to the Lost Property Office. In a nod to the office’s fictional Baker Street neighbour, a computer programme called ‘Sherlock’ is used to log details of items handed in and to check for a match with enquiries received from customers who have lost an item on the transport network.

The Lost Property Office does its best to reunite people with their property, and would encourage anyone to get in touch if they think they might have left something on the transport network. The biggest barrier to returning property to its rightful owner is the large number of people who simply do not enquire about their lost items.

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