Still time to make a difference

Pictured at the Mackie Motors' collection point in Arbroath are, from left, : Becky Gallagher, Mike Martin and Ashley Wells.

Pictured at the Mackie Motors' collection point in Arbroath are, from left, : Becky Gallagher, Mike Martin and Ashley Wells.

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With Christmas only four weeks away it’s all systems go for the volunteers at the Angus Toy Appeal as they gather in donations.

Three weeks ago we teamed up with the charity to support this year’s appeal to help make Christmas that little bit brighter for local children.

We asked our readers to consider supporting this year’s appeal by purchasing a toy which will be delivered to the homes of those in need on Christmas day.

Thank you to all who have already made a donation and, if you are still thinking about it, the good news is there is still time.

The Angus Toy Appeal was started in 2004 and its logo is “Help us make a child’s dream of Santa stay alive.”

The original small group of volunteers in Arbroath wanted to be able to give toys, books and games to children living in poverty and who would not be as lucky as their own children. They gather in gifts for children aged from birth through to the teenage years up to 18.

The dedicated volunteers receive referrals from Angus Council’s social work department and other charities, agencies and organisations and they try to give each child a book, toy and a game.

Lynn Richards, secretary, said: “Christmas 2014 saw almost 400 referrals from a wide range of services.

“This year, with the welfare reform and a lot of people losing their jobs, and those surviving just under the bread line, we are trying to reach even more children. We get that you don’t have to be on benefits to struggle.

“We, as a small team of volunteers, are always overwhelmed with people’s generosity when it comes to the appeal, and it completely restores our faith in human nature.”

If you have a gift you would like to donate then head to one of the following collection points: Arbroath area - Bruce House Child and Family Centre, Chalmers Street; E&O Fish; Hair Studio; Mania’s Dance Studio; AquaDetox, Westport; Arbroath High School; Arbroath Academy; Arbroath Infirmary; Westway Car Wash; Abbey Playgroup, Old and Abbey Church; Scout Hall; D&A College; Mackie Motors.

Carnoustie area- Kinloch Care Centre; Visions, 80 High Street. Monifieth area - Monifieth High School.

If possible gifts should be unwrapped and should be made by the end of this

month.