Readers asked to back festive gift appeal

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THE Herald’s army of readers have been asked to help deliver some Christmas cheer to hundreds of children in the Kirkintilloch and Bishopriggs areas who are facing difficult times this festive season.

We’ve teamed up with The Regent Shopping Centre, East Dunbartonshire Council and local firm Kenwil Print and Design to launch the 2011 Christmas Gift Appeal.

The appeal kicks-off this Saturday with the Christmas lights switch on at the Regent Centre, in Kirkintilloch.

Christmas is all about children and the appeal aims to make sure no child in Kirkintillcoh, Bishopbriggs and the surrounding villages wakes up on December 25 without a gift.

It’s easy to get involved. All you have to do is buy a gift for a child and drop it in the special parcel box located in the Rgent Centre, alternativley you can hand it into the Herald office.

No gift will be too big or too small. So whether it’s a toy for a toddler or something for an older child or even a teenager, you can be sure it will be well received on Christmas morning.

Herald editor Jim Holland said: “As parents we always try to give our children a great Christmas and many of us will go the extra mile to get that special gift they have been talking about for months in advance.

“Sadly, for some children, Christmas Day will be just like any other and hopes and dreams of a specaial gift from Santa will turn to disappointment.

“There will be many varied reasons and circumstnaces for this. That’s why the Herald is backing this appeal.

“These are difficult times financially for many families, but if you are in a position where you can buy a gift, no matter how small, and donate it to the appeal, then you can be sure it will go to a local youngster and will help make Christmas that little bit special.”

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “It is good news that the Regent Centre are helping collect gifts for needy children this Christmas.

“Council staff volunteer to do this every year and with the public’s help this could make Christmas special for a child who might not get any presents this year.”

Gifts deposited in the special parcel box will be collected each day by East Dunbartonshire Social Work Department.

And the social work team will decide where the gifts go and who gets them.

If you’re donating a gift don’t worry about wrapping it up. All gifts will be allocated to either a boy or girl, with close attention being paid to the recommended suitable age.

The Christams Gift Appeal runs until December 19.