Keep giv­ing for gift ap­peal

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

Toys and gifts are con­tin­u­ing to pour in for the Stir­ling Ob­server’s an­nual Give A Gift Ap­peal.

The ap­peal has been run­ning since 2008, re­ceiv­ing and dis­tribut­ing do­na­tions of toys and gifts for sick, dis­abled, needy and dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren and young peo­ple at Christ­mas.

Among the char­i­ties and good causes which help to dis­trib­ute the gifts do­nated ev­ery year are Stir­ling Young Car­ers; Home-Start Stir­ling which sup­ports fam­i­lies with young chil­dren go­ing through dif­fi­cult times; Stir­ling Women’s Aid; Stir­ling Coun­cil so­cial ser­vices; PLUS, the lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion which pro­vides so­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren and young peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties; Corn­ton Vale and Glenochil Fam­ily Sup­port Hubs; and food­bank char­ity Start-Up Stir­ling.

Fam­i­lies sup­ported by Strath­car­ron Hospice and chil­dren helped by its be­reave­ment ser­vice, Forth Val­ley Royal Hos­pi­tal’s Chil­dren’s Ward, and the new Stir­ling Down’s Syn­drome Par­ent and Tod­dler Group have also been added to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries this year. Col­lected at our of­fices in Up­per Craigs and with the sup­port of a host of drop-off points across the area, the gifts aim to en­sure no lo­cal child goes with­out on Christ­mas morn­ing.

While a num­ber of work­places and schools are hugely sup­port­ive of Give A Gift, in­di­vid­u­als also an­swer the call in their droves, drop­ping gifts off at var­i­ous drop-off points.

They can be found at: STIR­LING: Stir­ling Ob­server, 34 Up­per Craigs; Na­tion­wide Build­ing So­ci­ety, Port Street; BALFRON: Balfron Li­brary; BAN­NOCK­BURN: Ban­nock­burn Post Of­fice; BRIDGE OF AL­LAN: Tree House, Hen­der­son Street; CAL­LAN­DER: Clan­ranald Trust, for­mer St Kes­sog’s Church, An­caster Square; DUN­BLANE: Beech Tree Cafe, 2 Beech Road; Dun­blane Cen­tre, Stir­ling Road.

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