Help us spread some Christmas cheer

SUPERMARKET SWEEP . . . Asda staff, l-r, Jessie McGowan, manager Mark Allan, Helen Wilson and Edward Cavanagh with Major James Rorie of the Salvation Army.
SUPERMARKET SWEEP . . . Asda staff, l-r, Jessie McGowan, manager Mark Allan, Helen Wilson and Edward Cavanagh with Major James Rorie of the Salvation Army.

SANTA’S elves are currently busy working their way through Christmas lists - and here at the Times & Speaker is no different!

We’ve teamed up once again with the Salvation Army to boost it’s Christmas Present Appeal - and we’re hoping our readers will do the same.

The campaign aims to distribute gifts to babies, children and teenagers from families in need throughout our circulation area.

It is also appealing for presents for older people so that everyone in our communities can experience the joy the festive season brings.

As in previous years, donations can be dropped into our office at 29 Hope Street, Motherwell.

In addition, the Times & Speaker has teamed up with Motherwell’s Asda store, which is open 24/7 to ensure there is a convenient drop-off point for all our kind-hearted readers.

The campaign launches on Saturday and runs until Friday, December 16, however donations can be dropped off at our office from today (Thursday).

All toys and gifts will be collected by Salvation Army staff and volunteers and then distributed through the organisation’s own networks, social services and other local groups in time for Christmas morning, helping Santa make it a special day for everyone.

Donations should be new and unwrapped - and remember they don’t need to be expensive as it is the thought that counts.

Community groups, work places and schools are urged to take part in the campaign, which can make a real difference to local youngsters and pensioners this festive season.

Times & Speaker editor Martin Clark said: “We appreciate that people’s money is stretched at this time of year, but even the smallest gift can have a big impact on a local child’s Christmas.

“Our readers are very special and are always prepared to help others who are in need.

“Every year we are staggered by their generosity - they are always willing to dig deep to support this special appeal, and we hope this year will be no different.

“From young schoolchildren to our older readers, the response is always incredible. So let’s all do it again to help this year’s Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal.”

The Times & Speaker is hoping to hear of all the good work being carried out in our communities, and then spread the word for all to see.

Those taking part can call us to try to arrange a suitable photocall on 01698 264611.

How you can help the appeal

Gift ideas include soft toys, dolls and action figures, books, suitable CDs and DVDs, art sets, jigsaws, board games and puzzles.

Clothes, including socks and underwear, as well as winter accessories such as hats and scarves will also be gratefully received. Items such as toiletries, diaries and calendars, chocolates and biscuits are great gifts for older people.