The Salvation Army’s annual Christmas present appeal launched in Cumbernauld on Monday.
The local officers, Lieutenants Les and Emma Heal, have set up a donations point at ASDA Cumbernauld and hope many shoppers will drop off presents for people who otherwise face a miserable time due to poverty.
Les said: “We are already getting a lot of interest from local people so I hope we’ll see a lot of donations. Everything given to us will be distributed to families who otherwise wouldn’t be having much of a Christmas.
“All the donations will be given to local people, the furthest away we’ll be going is Kilsyth.”
Lynn Deakin, community life colleague at ASDA Cumbernauld, added: “We at Asda Cumbernauld are delighted to be supporting the Salvation Army’s appeal once again. We hope that our customers will respond with the fantastic generosity they have shown on previous occasions.
Those eligible to receive gifts donated to the appeal will be identified by social workers and other agencies.
Although donations can be handed in at the Salvation Army hall in Kildrum, it is recommended that people take their donations to the main dropoff point in ASDA. All donations must be received by December 19 as that is when the dropoff point will be closed so that the gifts can be distributed.
The recommended gift list includes the following, all gifts must be new. Please do not wrap your donated items, this will be done by the Salvation Army.
Suitable gifts include dolls, soft toys, baby clothes, child-friendly CDs and books, educational games, puzzles and puzzle books, hair accessories, gloves, scarves, hats, non-allergic childrens’ toiletries and make up.