Spread some Christmas cheer

Angus Toy Appeal committee members Sharon Spink and Lynn Richards stacking the shelves with toys.

Angus Toy Appeal committee members Sharon Spink and Lynn Richards stacking the shelves with toys.

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Angus County Press has teamed up with the Angus Toy Appeal to help make Christmas that little bit brighter for local children.

We are delighted to announce our papers in Forfar, Kirriemuir, Brechin, Montrose, Arbroath, Carnoustie and Broughty Ferry are getting behind the incredibly hard working committee members who, over the years, have collected hundreds of toys to ensure children up to the age of 18 do not miss out on Christmas day.

In the past we have publicised campaigns run by local groups, organisations and churches - and this year - as well as working alongside these groups - we are hoping our readers, contributors and advertisers will back our campaign.

The Angus Toy Appeal’s logo is “Help us make a child’s dream of Santa stay alive” 
and the committee of seven ladies are now hard at 
work gathering in the parcels ready for distribution in t
ime for the big day on December 25.

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.

Last year there were over 30 donation boxes all over Angus, from a dental surgery in Kirriemuir, four 
secondary schools Angus wide, hairdressers, older people’s residential 
homes and various council premises.

The appeal has also been supported by the Salvation in Arbroath and Brechin, as well as the very generous support of Superdrug and churches throughout Angus.

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 this year. 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.

“We love being a part of such a great charity and look forward to sharing our appeal with more and more people”.

We invite the Angus community, if they are able, to lend their support to the appeal.

We have printed a list of collection points - if your group or organisation is supporting the appeal please get in touch.

Everyone at Angus County Press is getting behind this year’s appeal- and we hope you do too.

Please let us know if you have made a donation - email news@forfardispatch.com news@brechinadvertiser.com news@montrosereview.com or news@arbroathherald.co.uk

Better still, why not take a picture of your collections and email them in and we will publish them on our Facebook pages and our websites.

We would ask that donations are made by the end of November ready for sorting.

If you are unable to get to a collection point then please get in touch by email so we can arrange a pick-up.

Here’s hoping the good people of Angus get behind the Angus Toy Appeal to help make a child’s dream of Santa stay alive.