THIS year’s Christmas Present Appeal has been hailed a huge success.
The campaign, led by The Salvation Army and backed by the Times & Speaker, saw hundreds of toys and gifts donated for families in need throughout our circulation area.
Volunteers from The Salvation Army collected donations from readers at our office, and from the Asda and Superdrug stores in Motherwell before distributing them to those less fortunate in time for Christmas morning.
Among the many donations were collections organised by Bellshill fundraiser Ray Mitchell, the 498 Sqn Air Cadets, Clyde Valley High School and Ladywell Primary School.
However, the most overwhelming response was from the dozens of readers who simply picked up an extra gift while out shopping and popped into our office with it.
Times & Speaker editor Martin Clark said: “The response to this year’s appeal has, as always, been fantastic, which is all the more remarkable as many people don’t have much spare cash at this time of year.
“We received several large donations, but most notable was the number of readers who visited our office on an almost daily basis with carrier bags full of gifts for those less fortunate in their communities.
“So to everyone who donated and supported the appeal - including Asda, Superdrug, the local Air Cadets, fundraiser Ray Mitchell and pupils at Clyde Valley High School and Ladywell Primary School - a big thank you from myself and all at the Times & Speaker.”