Two businessmen bought the entire contents of a toy shop, ensuring that as many families as possible would have presents to open this Christmas.
Ryan Powell and his business partner Paul Jones were determined to help as many in need parents as possible this Christmas. In the hope of bringing joy to others, the two businessmen bought the entire contents of a toy shop to help families out throughout the festive season, reports Wales Online.
The pair, from Pontypridd, Wales, splashed the cash when it was announced that the non-essential shops would be closing.
Many parents have been forced to wait for their last paycheques to come through before buying any Christmas presents. So when this decision was announced, it meant many parents were worrying they wouldn’t be able to get their kids what they wanted.
Mr Powell said: “I am an employer, we employ around 80 people. I know that many people are reliant on their last wage before Christmas to go shopping.
“I know there are people waiting for their Universal Credit and last wage who I thought will be struggling.
“Me and my wife were thinking of what we could do to help when we saw D.Emlyn Lloyds post that they have lots of toys left for sale. I got in touch with them and said I will buy them all.”
The businessmen managed to come to an agreement with the store so that they only paid for the cost price of the toys’ worth, meaning that the shop didn’t make any profit.
To make sure people heard about the toys they had to give away to families in need, the pair posted on Facebook, urging people to come forward.
The original post received thousands of shares and hundreds of comments within minutes.
Mr Powell added: “Trying to read through all the message to sort out who could get what, I was doing it with a lump in my throat and tear in my eyes, knowing the struggle people have been through this year.
“I just wish I had did it sooner. The response I had is nothing like I expected.
“The people that messaged me were waiting for their final pay and benefits. There are single parents who haven’t wanted to risk taking their children out shopping. I am just sorry I didn’t start this earlier.”
Thanks to the two businessmen, around 70 children from 25 different families were helped out.
Mr Powell has expressed his interest in helping out in other ways too.
Margaret Rees, his friend, will also be helping to arrange the delivery of the gifts, as well as getting even more items for families who need support.
Mr Powell said: “I am overwhelmed with the response. It is heartbreaking because of what people are going through.”