Toy appeal boost
Donations roll in from Hallowe’en party
The Advertiser’s fifth annual toy appeal is off to a flying start – thanks to the wizards, witches and colourful characters attending an Airdrie Halloween party.
Youngsters attending the special event organised by Cairnhill mum- of- two Jennifer Nisbet were all asked to bring along a donation for this year’s toy appeal, to make it a merry Christmas for children across Monklands.
The guests and their families responded in style, bringing along more than 60 gifts to get our appeal off to the best possible start.
Jennifer began hosting the “frightfully delightful howl-o-een hullabaloo” – now in its fourth year – for daughters Honor and Imogen, aged five and two, and all their friends.
She told the Advertiser: ““It was very small in the first year, with only about 10 children having a party at my house, but it’s just kept getting bigger over the past couple of years with all the girls’ schoolmates and friends, so now I have to hold it in a hall!
“This year was the biggest party to date, and the children ranged in age from seven years to two months. They had a great time and their costumes were amazing.
“Each year I ask guests to bring along a Christmas toy or gift for local children; in previous years they’ve gone to the church or the Salvation Army appeal, and this is the first time we’ve given them direct to the Advertiser appeal.
“It’s by far the biggest collection we’ve ever had; there was a table set up in the hall which was covered in toys within a short time of everybody arriving.
“Our kids get so much and I just want them to appreciate what they have and realise there are kids out here who don’t have anything.”
Guests at the party, held at Clarkston parish church hall, enjoyed a disco and games from Music Mania and were visited by popular Paw Patrol characters Chase and Marshall.
Jennifer added: “I love Hallowe’en; it’s one of my favourite times of year as I just love seeing all kids dressed up in their great costumes.
“We had a very happy Hallowe’en and were delighted to collect a fantastic amount of toys for the appeal.”
Now fellow kind-hearted Monklands residents are being asked to make it a merry Christmas for deserving local youngsters by donating new, unused gifts for children aged up to 16 years.
They can be handed in from now until Wednesday, December 13, at the collection points set up at Asda in Coatbridge, Morrisons in Airdrie, and both towns’ branches of Tesco.
Our fifth annual Christmas toy appeal launched last week with the support of staff members from all of the local supermarkets, plus volunteers from Spirit Aid and XACT (Ex-Airdrie and Coatbridge Round Tablers), who help to distribute the items to local youngsters and good causes.
Items can be donated for kids ranging in age from newborn to teens; the only requirement is that they are new and in their packaging. Gifts for older teens are also gratefully received.
XACT chair Norbert Grant said: “We’re all delighted to be part of a great tradition –the toy appeal and our group’s Santa sleigh tour.
“Both show that the people of Airdrie and Coatbridge are the most generous in Scotland.”
Dressed to impress Halloween youngsters donate to toy appeal