Christmas toy appeal launched

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The Regent Centre in Kirkintilloch is launching its annual Christmas toy appeal.

From Monday the shopping centre will start collecting toys donated by the public and will continue to do so right up until December 22.

The drive, which collected more than four trolleys full last year, asks the public to donate new toys which will be collected by East Dunbartonshire Council’s Social Work Department and distributed to less fortunate children in Kirkintilloch and the surrounding villages, all in time for Christmas.

The centre is reminding people that if you are donating a gift you don’t need to worry about wrapping it up.

All items donated will be allocated to either a boy or girl depending on the gift, and close attention will be paid to the recommended suitable age.

Angela McLaren, Regent Centre manager, said: “Last year the people of Kirkintilloch were very kind and generously donated a huge amount of gifts .

“It would be great if we could get even more this year, so we can help as many children as possible.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation can drop toys off in the Regent Centre in the special area at the top of the stairs.

The Regent Centre’s annual Christmas Toy Appeal is supported by the Kirkintilloch Herald Series.

Herald readers can also drop toys off at the Herald office at 11 Dalrymple Court, Kirkintilloch, on Thursdays and Friday only.

Herald editor Jim Holland said: “The Herald is delighted to once again be supporting the Regent Centre Christmas Toy Appeal.

“The annual appeal has been running for a number of years now and it is always well supported by Herald readers and lcoal residents.

“Last year’s appeal was a great success and I’m sure this year’s will be just as well supported.”