“This year it’s gonna be a wee bit different. It’s gonna be bigger, better… fatter.” So affirms Santa Claus, in the new video for The Strabanter’s annual toy collection for under privileged children, dubbed the Strabanta Claus.
In the video, posted on the Strabanter Facebook page this week, Santa, played by one half of the comedic Strabanter duo, Ronan Boyle can be seen strolling around Strabane explaining how the process works.
As compared to the one drop-off point for toys last Christmas, this year there will be four places where people can donate toys for kids who might not be expecting too much this Christmas.
Ronan’s partner in comedy-crime, Stra-Bats (AKA, Anthony Duffy) also explains, “The gifts can be anything brand new, to giftcards.
“The age groups for donations are between zero and a young teenager.”
He adds, “What kinds of cars do elves drive? TOYotas!”
According to Ronan as well, all donated gifts will be distributed locally.
“We did it last year,” he says.
“We don’t accept money. It has to be new toys or vouchers and we’ve got four drop off points, Asda, Home Bargains, McCauley’s Shop and Strabane Training Services in the Ballycolman.”
Currently the Strabanter lads are working with community groups to identify families eligible for the Strabanta Claus however parents can also contact the lads through the Facebook page.
“Last year it went well, we got 73 kids sorted,” Santa Ronan continues. “This year we’re hoping to do a wee bit better – hopefully – because we’ve a bit longer to do it.
“People can PM us. Big Duffy’s taking care of that. Or if people feel more comfortable talking to a community group, they can do that as well.
“And of course, everything will be held strictly in confidence.”