Countdown for annual Angus Toy Appeal

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Collection boxes have now been distributed for the Angus Toy Appeal and once again we are delighted to support this great charity effort.

Local churches, businesses, schools, health centres and dental practices are all supporting the efforts of a small group of volunteers who ensure children in need in Angus receive a special gift on Christmas morning.

The Angus Toy Appeal Facebook page has been keeping track of this year’s campaign and urging people collecting toys to post a picture of their progress which will hopefully in turn encourage others to give generously in time for Christmas.

The Angus Toy Appeal committee send out referral forms to a number of services, organisations and charities covering a broad spectrum, from social work to schools, health visitors to foodbanks. From there the groups will refer families they understand to be struggling to the Angus Toy Appeal who will then support them.

Families who may not be in the system can also be referred via Facebook.

Stating their aim on Facebook, Angus Toy Appeal posted: “We as a committee, are determined to support the hardest to reach children and families. This could be a family you know, maybe lost their jobs recently, struggling to pay bills and keep heads above water. Families don’t have to be on benefits to be in poverty! We don’t judge, we just want to help ensure children don’t miss out on what should be a magical time of year.”

Last year the Angus Toy Appeal helped make Christmas magical for 450 children throughout the county and it is hoped that this year they can match, if not beat that figure.

Angus Toy Appeal are primarily looking for toys or gifts that would appeal to children aged 0-18.

When the campaign finishes next month the volunteers will empty all the collection boxes, wrap and then distribute the gifts appropriately.

There is still time to donate a present or to collect gifts for the appeal, contact them via Facebook for further details.

Where to donate...

Arbroath

True Identity Beauty Salon, Commerce Street

Arbroath Medical Centre, Hill Place

Tesco’s

Boots Opticians, High Street

Balhousie Care Home, Westway

Ian Robertson Dentist, Brothock Bridge

Soapbox, Timmergreens

Westport Laundry

D & A College, NC Early Years

Dance Mania

Seaton Grove Nursing Home, Seaton Road

House of Therapies, High Street

Knox’s Toddlers

The Studio, Lordburn

Abbey Playgroup, Old & Abbey Church

E & O Fish

Vintealicious, Westport

Meadowbank Inn, Montrose Road

Angus Council, Dewar House

Angus Council, Bruce House

Addisons Garage, Montrose Road

Westway Car Wash

Inverbrothock Primary School

Friockheim Primary pre-school class

Arbroath Infirmary

Murray Taylor Accountants, High Street

Montrose

The Barber Shop, Market Street

Hillside Hotel

Tesco’s

NOV

Dorwards House Residential Home

Murray Taylor Accountants, Murray Lane

Kirriemuir

Dental Practice, The Roods

Angus Council Communties Dept. Fairlie House

Forfar

St. Margaret’s Playtime, St. Margaret’s Church

Tesco’s

Community Alarm, Andrew Smith Gardens, Glamis Road

Angus House, Orchard Bank

Brechin

Beauty Lounge, 47 High Street

Mackie Motors Garage

Stracathro Hospital

Carnoustie

Kinloch Court Residential Home, Kinloch Street

19th Hole

Visions, 80 High Street

Dundee

Logic, Greenmarket