Toy appeal launch
It’s time to get the Standard Toy Appeal under way as festive season approaches
The Standard’s toy appeal brought as mile to a record-breaking 700-plus children last year. And now we are ready to do it all again over the next few weeks for Christmas 2018. So let’ s show once more that Dumfries really can pull together with community spirit
Ewan and Maureen Fraser have helped launch the The Dumfries and Galloway Standard’s Christmas Toy Appeal with a generous boost of £500.
Both well-known faces in Dumfries, the community-minded couple have kept their Toll Bar Store open in New Abbey Road.
And, thanks to the sale of carrier bags and other donations, they and their staff have got us off to a fine start. Last year the appeal brought a smile to a record-breaking 700-plus children at Christmas.
A retired member of Dumfries Lions Club, Ewan has supported the appeal for many years. He said: “It is important that all children get a gift at Christmas and the Standard’s appeal strives to do that.
“We are delighted that the Toll Bar Store can play a part this year and it is a privilege to launch the appeal today. Hopefully it will encourage many people to join in.”
Ewan said the store is now raising funds for a defibrillator and would welcome any donations of raffle prizes.
There are just over five weeks to get involved in the toy appeal as we strive to make sure every child – from new-borns to 16-year-olds – who are brought to our attention receive a gift.
Most children take it for granted they will get presents at Christmas but there are also many kids in our region who face waking up to nothing on December 25.
We strongly believe these children also need to feel the spirit of giving that abounds at the festive season.
And we are sure that our readers feel the same way. So please do what you can to help as we launch the appeal today.
We urge readers to donate new toys, sweets or gift cards. We guarantee every donation will go to under-priviliged children in the region. And we know from the agencies just how much it means to the children who benefit.
Second-hand toys will not be accepted and soft toys must have the CE kitemark .
And there is no need to wrap up your gifts. Thanks to a donation from Marks and Spencer in Dumfries we have plenty of rolls of wrapping paper.
Iain Pollock, editor of the Standard, added: “Every year our readers amaze us with their generosity. Dumfries is a friendly community and our readers always reach out to those in need.
“Sadly there are children who, through no fault of their own, are living in poverty. So please donate what you can. No child should be without a gift at Christmas.”
We will have collection points around Dumfries where toys and sweets can be dropped off until Monday, December 17. Gifts and donations can also be handed in to the Standard office at Park Lane up until Friday, December 21.
We are looking for other organisations, businesses, workplaces, schools and churches to come forward and join in by donating gifts, cash, or selection boxes. If you can help, contact Sharon Liptrott by calling 01387 240330 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve got it all wrapped up M&S staff Lynn Dawn Chambers Paterson, and Amanda Johnstone hand over dozens rolls of wrapping paper of Turberville with Iris Prisic and UWS campus director Shirley Support the Crichton last year gifts donated by staff and students at
A great start Donation of £500 from the Toll Bar Store Santa’s little helper Standard depute editor Grant helps out Jackie