Festive toy drive to help needy kids

Christmas toy collection

Christmas toy collection

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Big-hearted staff at a bar and 
restaurant have launched a toy drive to help needy local children this Christmas.

The Golden Pheasant at Auchinloch is also serving up homemade soup to elderly and homeless people in the run-up to the festive season.

The staff are appealing to local people to donate what they can for distribution to the Salvation Army.

Manager Fraser Gunn said: “We are collecting clothes and toys from local people at The Golden Pheasant to donate to the Salvation Army to help those most in need at this very hard time of year.

“People are bringing up their toys and we are wrapping them for parents who are hard up to give to their children on Christmas Day, as we believe everybody is entitled to a nice Christmas.

“We are also now making big pots of soup 
ourselves from scratch to give to the homeless and elderly on 
a weekly basis, to give them something tasty and nutritious.”

Toys and clothes will be collected up until Monday, December 21.

Customers praised the 
local bar on its Facebook page.

Daniella O’Donnell said: “Fab idea!”, while Marion 
Moffat described it as 
“brilliant.”

Glasgow charity Spirit of Christmas is also collecting gifts for children across East Dunbartonshire this festive season.

A spokesperson for East Dunbartonshire Council said: “People can help out by handing in donations at any East Dunbartonshire foodbanks.”

Charity collectors at foodbanks are asking donors to spare a thought for pets as well as people by donating some pet food.

A foodbank spokesperson said: “Critics sometimes say, ‘if you can’t afford to keep a pet, you shouldn’t get one in the first place’ but in reality some families have found themselves in unexpected 
difficulty that they’ve never experienced before.

“We want to avoid them having to give up their animals because they can no longer afford them as that is a really traumatic experience for anyone to go through.

“If we can take the worry of where their pet’s next meal is coming from away and stop them from choosing whether to feed their animals or themselves, then we’ve done what we aimed to do.”

Fiona McLeod MSP (SNP Strathkelvin & Bearsden) has also launched a Christmas Gift Drive in support of East Dunbartonshire Women’s Aid and Kirkintilloch Foodbank (which covers all of East Dunbartonshire).

She is offering the use of her office in Kirkintilloch as a collection point for any new gifts suitable for men, women but especially children,

The deadline for the collection is Thursday, December 17 at 5pm. If you need help getting them tothe MSP office, please phone it on 0141 776 2091.