Council continues Christmas gift appeal

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Following the success of last year’s inaugural launch of its Christmas Gift Appeal, North Ayrshire Council has decided to continue it again this year.

The local authority is once again appealing to kind-hearted residents, businesses and organisations across North Ayrshire to help make this Christmas a special one for families less fortunate.

The Christmas Gift Appeal will run up to Friday December 10, and it aims to help support families struggling this festive season and to provide for children who are not able to experience the type of Christmas that many take for granted.

The appeal seeks items that can be gifted to less-fortunate families.

These can include toys for children, books for all ages, high street vouchers for teenagers, Christmas treats such as selection boxes/sweets for all ages and supermarket vouchers for parents/carers.

Donations can be dropped off at the Arran Library in Brodick during its regular opening hours and North Ayrshire’s Health and Social Care Partnership will identify those who are in the greatest need of support.

Donated items should be new, unopened and unwrapped, so that council staff can determine the most suitable age group to receive the gift.

All gifts will be redistributed in the local area and any donations of Christmas treats such as selection boxes, sweets and tins of chocolate, will be sent to North Ayrshire Foodbank for inclusion in its Christmas hampers.

Provost Ian Clarkson said: ‘Each contribution will go a long way in making a real difference to someone’s Christmas who otherwise may receive very little.’