Let’s hear it for the toys

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One hun­dred and five fam­i­lies are set for a bet­ter Christmas thanks to the gen­eros­ity of the peo­ple of Wishaw and the sur­round­ing area.

The Toy Give­away is the idea of local char­ity or­gan­iser, Wishaw woman, Mar­tine Nolan.

And last Sun­day’s event held in Cen­tre­point, Gowk­thrap­ple, was voted a re­sound­ing suc­cess with more than 95 chil­dren and their par­ents in at­ten­dance.

Mar­tine said: “I would like to thank all those who do­nated new and good con­di­tion pre-loved toys.

“There were bikes, scoot­ers, games, jig­saws, cars and trucks, dolls, di­nosaurs Thomas the Tank En­gines, Peppa Pigs, build­ing blocks and so much more made avail­able for fam­i­lies to choose from.

“Two gen­er­ous do­na­tions in­cluded the toy col­lec­tion or­gan­ised by Pri­mary five pupils at Or­chard Pri­mary school and £600 do­nated by Scot­mid.”

The £600 from Scot­mid was used to buy sweets, crisps and soft drinks so that each child who at­tended the event was wel­comed with a bag of treats. The Scot­mid do­na­tion was also used to buy toi­letries sets for teenagers – a group who are of­ten over­looked at this time of year, Mar­tine says.

A free raf­fle with lots of prizes was also held, in­clud­ing a lovely ham­per do­nated by local MP Mar­ion Fel­lows.

Fam­i­lies were of­fered a free veg­etable pack when leav­ing the event, with all the in­gre­di­ents needed to make a whole­some pot of warm­ing win­ter veg­etable soup. This gen­er­ous do­na­tion was from La­nark­shire Com­mu­nity Food and Health Part­ner­ship.

This year with the as­sis­tance of North La­nark­shire Coun­cil toy give­away events are be­ing held in eight dif­fer­ent towns in North La­nark­shire.

These events are a col­lab­o­ra­tion of local groups com­ing to­gether to make a dif­fer­ence to chil­dren and their fam­i­lies across the whole of North La­nark­shire.

Mar­tine added: “These events wouldn’t be pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of the amaz­ing vol­un­teers.

“There are so many vol­un­teers to thank I can’t list all their names, from fam­ily and friends, VANL, North La­nark­shire Coun­cil em­ploy­ees, mem­bers of the Gold Group at Cen­tre­point and the Forge- ahead Group from the Forge­wood Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, the lo­ca­tion of the next local toy give­away on De­cem­ber 10.

She also thanked coun­cil­lors Roarty and MaGowan who both do­nated toys and took the time out to vol­un­teer at the event over the week­end.

Or­gan­is­ers say if you are think­ing about clear­ing out your cup­boards and toy boxes to con­sider do­nat­ing used toys to the Mother­well Toy Give­away at the Forge­wood Cen­tre. Do­na­tions can be taken on Wed­nes­day 6, Thurs­day 7 and Fri­day, De­cem­ber 8, be­tween 9.30-5.30pm to the Forge­wood Cen­tre 49 Din­mont Cres, Mother­well ML1 3TT.

They can also be taken be­tween 3 and 6pm on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 9, the night be­fore the toy give­away, or do­na­tions can be made for the Shotts Toy Give­away at Shotts Leisure Cen­tre from De­cem­ber 11 to De­cem­ber 15.

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