Ray backs Xmas appeal

Ray Mitchell (centre) donates a mountain of toys to the Christmas Present Appeal at Bellshill Salvation Army Hall.
Ray Mitchell (centre) donates a mountain of toys to the Christmas Present Appeal at Bellshill Salvation Army Hall.

Bellshill charity champion Ray Mitchell has donated hundreds of pounds worth of toys to the Times & Speaker’s Christmas Present Appeal.

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

Ray raises money for numerous good causes every week by selling raffle tickets in Bellshill Post Office.

As well as supporting the Times & Speaker appeal she is also ensuring youngsters at Yorkhill Children’s Hospital enjoy a great Christmas.

Ray donated her gifts directly to the Salvation Army Hall in Bellshill.

Major Chris Connelly said: “It is just amazing looking at all the toys Ray has donated, every year people are so generous in helping to make Christmas a little more special for the less fortunate and we can’t thank Ray, and everyone else who makes a donation, enough.”

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 a Salvation Army Hall.

For the first time the Royal Bank of Scotland Branch on Hamilton Road, Motherwell, is also collecting donations for the appeal.

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, they don’t need to be expensive as it is the thought that counts.

Gift ideas include toys, 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.

Community groups, offices and schools are urged to take part in the campaign and the Times & Speaker wants to hear of all the good work being carried out by our readers in their communities and spread the work.

Those wishing to take part can call us to arrange a suitable photocall on 01698 242553.