Dec 2 2011 by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer Friday
IT IS that time of year again when we ask readers to put smiles on the faces of Stirling children.
Once again the Stirling Observer is headlining the Gift A Gift Appeal.
Since 2008 disadvantaged children in the Stirling area have opened almost 2000 presents every Christmas morning thanks to the appeal.
And we hope this year will be no different.
Already readers have been handing in presents in anticipation of the appeal launch.
Charities and causes such as Stirling Women’s Aid, Home-Start Stirling, Stirling Council’s children’s services, Young Carers, SRI children’s ward and more, have been able to distribute the gifts to sick, needy and disadvantaged youngsters from babies to 15-year-olds.
Gifts can be handed in to the Observer office in Upper Craigs during office – but look out for forthcoming details of alternative drop off points in forthcoming issues and on our Facebook page. Items should be left unwrapped to allow the gifts to be matched to individual children where possible.
Observer regional editor Alison Lowson said: “The appeal is something of a mammoth task, but one which is well worth the effort.
“If it puts a smile on the face of just one child it is worth it, but we know that hundreds of children have enjoyed a better Christmas than they might have in the last few years thanks to the appeal.
“All we are asking is that when people are out shopping they buy an extra gift or donate the third of any three-for-two offers to the appeal.
“Last year we didn’t quite know what to expect given the economic crisis, but readers still pulled out all the stops. With so many people struggling we hope that those of us who are in a position to support the appeal will do so.
“The charities and causes themselves will no doubt be under a lot of additional pressure in the current financial climate yet they won’t want to let any children down. Our readers have been incredibly generous in the past and I have no doubts they will do us proud once again.
“One of the best things about this appeal is that it helps such a wide range of children and supports so many different causes, not to mention it genuinely does conjure up a great deal of Christmas and community spirit.”
DROP OFF POINTS
STIRLING: Stirling Observer, 34 Upper Craigs;
BALFRON: Balfron Library;
BANNOCKBURN: Bannockburn Post Office;
BRIDGE OF ALLAN: Tree House, Henderson Street;
DOUNE: Woodside Pharmacy, Main Street.
DUNBLANE: Beech Tree Cafe, Beech Road.
Could any charities/causes which have previously benefited from or helped to distribute the gifts – or any new causes who feel the appeal could help them – please get in touch with the Stirling Observer office on (01786) 451110 or 459417 to discuss requirements and distribution arrangements.