Transport for London donate toys to Christmas Present Appeal

published on 20 Dec 2023

Toys left on London’s Transport network donated to Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal

More than 100 new toys left on London’s transport network, including the London Underground, will be given to children who otherwise would not receive a gift this Christmas thanks to a donation to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal by Transport for London (TfL). 

Over the last decade, the company’s Lost Property Department has been giving unclaimed items left on the transport network to The Salvation Army’s Hoxton church - with new toys stored throughout the year and donated to the church and charity shortly before Christmas. 

Hoxton Salvation Army has one of the largest Christmas Present Appeals in the country with 8,000 toys given to children last year. Due to a rise in demand, this number is expected to increase to closer to 10,000 this year.

A large selection of toys and games spread across a table and floor. In the background there's a white Christmas tree and balloons.
We are extremely grateful to TfL’s Lost Property Office staff for their generous donations to our annual Christmas Present Appeal which will bring such joy to children who would otherwise go without.
Hoxton Salvation Army church leader, Sally Spry

She continues “Support from companies like Transport for London helps us continue our work to help the people with the greatest need in communities across London and the UK.”

Diana Quaye, Performance Manager of TfL's Lost Property Office, said: “We are really passionate about ensuring that any items lost on our network but not reunited with their owners are made use of in some capacity. Being able to provide a Christmas donation to The Salvation Army out of these unclaimed products is something my team and I look forward to doing each year as we know what a difference they can make.

“We handle thousands of items of lost property every year, and if anyone loses any item while on our services this festive period, please remember to report it via our website. There is a good chance we just might be able to reunite you.”


A mum and her two children a boy and a girl, wearing christmas jumpers, are enjoying a christmas lunch at a Salvation Army church. A volunteer wearing a red Salvation Army apron is standing with them and they are all looking at the camera and smiling.

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