Young­sters are not for­got­ten

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The fes­tive sea­son for the Mar­jorib­anks fam­ily will be ex­tra spe­cial this year thanks to seven-month-old Cole.

The grand­son of Ob­server re­porter Kaiya will be cel­e­brat­ing his first Christ­mas.

But his ar­rival has put into even sharper per­spec­tive that not all fam­i­lies and chil­dren will be fac­ing the day with the same ex­cite­ment.

“Cole cer­tainly won’t be go­ing without,”said Kaiya.“He is too young to ap­pre­ci­ate how lucky he is but the rest of the fam­ily cer­tainly do.

“Not all chil­dren ex­pe­ri­ence the sort of Christ­mas many of us wish for our own fam­i­lies whether that be through poverty, ill­ness, dis­abil­ity, dis­ad­van­tage or cir­cum­stances, which is why the Stir­ling Ob­server has been run­ning the Give A Gift Ap­peal for 10 years now.

“One of my sons has dis­abil­i­ties which have made Christ­mas a par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult pe­riod at times over the past 20 years or so, so I can ap­pre­ci­ate that, while it should be a happy time for most peo­ple, it can also seem very iso­lat­ing for some.

“The ap­peal there­fore not only sup­ports char­i­ties which help chil­dren dis­ad­van­taged for fi­nan­cial rea­sons, it also sup­ports those who help chil­dren and fam­i­lies who are of­ten ex­cluded through cir­cum­stances out­with their con­trol.”

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; Stir­ling In­ter­faith Com­mu­nity Jus­tice Group, which helps fam­i­lies and chil­dren at the Fam­ily Help Hubs at Corn­ton Vale and Glenochil; and food­bank char­ity Start-Up Stir­ling.

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 and that those chil­dren and their fam­i­lies go­ing through dif­fi­cult times know their com­mu­nity has them in their thoughts.

The ap­peal also ex­ists to ease the pres­sure many of the char­i­ties face over the fes­tive sea­son and al­low them to put re­sources they may oth­er­wise have had to use for gifts into their other ar­eas of good work.

If you would like to or­gan­ise a col­lec­tion of gifts for the ap­peal via your busi­ness, work­place, school or group, would like to be one of our of­fi­cial drop off points or would sim­ply like more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the Stir­ling Ob­server by phone on 01786 451110 or 459417 or email news@ stir­lin­gob­ or kaiya. mar­jorib­anks@trin­i­tymir­

•Drop-off points can be found at: STIR­LING: Stir­ling Ob­server, 34 Up­per Craigs (open Mon-Fri 9am-1pm); Na­tion­wide Build­ing So­ci­ety, Port Street; CodeBase Stir­ling, 8-10 Corn Ex­change Road; BALFRON: Balfron Li­brary; BAN­NOCK­BURN: Ban­nock­burn Post Of­fice; CALLANDER: Callander Pri­mary School;DUN­BLANE: Beech Tree Cafe, 2 Beech Road; Dun­blane Cen­tre, Stir­ling Road.

Lucky Ob­server re­porter Kaiya Mar­jorib­anks with grand­son Cole

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