BROADCASTER Ryan Tubridy has admitted that he's received nothing but positive reaction over the 'Late Late Toy Show' last week – a welcome change from much of his usual feedback.
The RTE's annual toy show offering was a massive triumph for Tubs and his team and has become the most-watched programme of 2012, with 1,319,000 viewers tuning in.
The 39-year-old told the Irish Independent that he has been overwhelmed by comments from the public.
"I'm really pleased with how it went. I wanted to touch a million and we did that and more, which was truly amazing.
"Everywhere I've gone since Friday, I've been inundated with nice comments and smiling faces and it's a nice feeling, I have to say. Kids are stopping in their tracks wide-eyed or asking me questions about all the toys and it's great," he said.
The presenter was joined by a host a celebrities to launch his annual Nationwide Toy Appeal for St Vincent de Paul.
"I seem to have become associated with toys and Christmas. With that in mind, it makes sense to do the appeal. It feels good."
While it's going to be harder for families to donate in the wake of the Budget, Tubs insisted donations are needed now more than ever.
"It is without doubt going to be harder this year to get people to fish in their wallet for 10 quid when the (Government) has taken 20. So we're really trying to bring a splash of colour on a dark day."
The Toy Appeal is now in its third year, and St Vincent de Paul is hoping to collect over 70,000 gifts.
You can help SVP by making a donation online to our Christmas appeal https://www.svp.ie/donate/single-donation-step-1.aspx
1. Send a cheque to SVP, PO Box 1234, Dublin 1, made payable to Society of St. Vincent de Paul National Council
2. Pay direct to Bank of Ireland, Phibsborough, Dublin 7 to St. Vincent De Paul Council of Ireland. A/C Number: 80005599. Sort Code: 90-06-23
3. Call the SVP National Office on 01 8386990
4. Text SVP to 57500 (Terms & Conditions apply)
5. If you prefer to give locally you can send cheques to a regional office. Addresses can be found on www.svp.ie