Last call to donate to this year’s appeal

RBS Motherwell staff (l-r) Alana Rutherford, Cheryl Lawson and Robert McCosh with some of the presents they have collected for the appeal.

RBS Motherwell staff (l-r) Alana Rutherford, Cheryl Lawson and Robert McCosh with some of the presents they have collected for the appeal.

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There are just a few days left to make a donation to this year’s Times & Speaker Christmas Present Appeal.

The appeal is run in conjunction with the Salvation Army with the aim of distributing gifts to hundreds of people across the area so everyone from babies to pensioners can enjoy the festive season a little more.

The appeal runs until Friday (December 11) and donations can be dropped off to our office at 29 Hope Street in Motherwell or directly to the Salvation Army halls in Motherwell and Bellshill.

In addition, Asda in Motherwell has put out trolleys in the store for customers to donate presents while they do their shopping and the Royal Bank of Scotland branch on Hamilton Road, Motherwell, is also collecting gifts.

Dundas Estates has put up a Giving Tree in the show home of its Barons Gate development in Motherwell for people to leave parcels under.

All gifts will be collected by Salvation Army staff and volunteers, and distributed through the organisation’s own networks, social services and other local groups in time for Christmas morning.

Donations should be new and unwrapped so Salvation Army volunteers know who they are appropriate for, but they don’t need to be expensive as it is the thought that counts.

Gift ideas include soft toys, dolls, 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.