Local businesses, churches, schools and colleges all rallied round to ensure hundreds of local children get a special gift on Christmas morning.

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When we launched our campaign last month to support the Angus Toy Appeal we hoped the communities in Angus would get behind us.

And they certainly haven’t let us down.

Pictured are a few of the residents and staff from Dorward House sorting through the donated toys for the Angus Toy Appeal.'Staff, residents and relatives have donated to many outside causes over the years, and staff felt this year it would be nice to give to children in the Angus area'that are less fortunate than ourselves. Everyone at Dorward House wants to say a huge thank you to all those that donated to the total of 131 items.

Pictured are a few of the residents and staff from Dorward House sorting through the donated toys for the Angus Toy Appeal.'Staff, residents and relatives have donated to many outside causes over the years, and staff felt this year it would be nice to give to children in the Angus area'that are less fortunate than ourselves. Everyone at Dorward House wants to say a huge thank you to all those that donated to the total of 131 items.

According to the charity the 2015 appeal has been “phenomenal”.

Local businesses, churches, schools and colleges all rallied round to ensure hundreds of local children get a special gift on Christmas morning.

Lynn Richards from the Toy Appeal explained: “The request for our donation boxes has surpassed all our expectations. With people right across Angus wanting to get involved, and even fundraising on our behalf, it truly is a reminder of Christmas spirit.

“We have worked with eight schools in Angus and have been able to reach even more children. We know it’s not easy for families to accept a helping hand when they need it, but what is nice is we have had families get in touch this year to donate who have been helped in the past,

Some of the toys donated by Angus County Press staff ready for delivery by Santa - who looks alarmingly like our editor Mike Rankin.

Some of the toys donated by Angus County Press staff ready for delivery by Santa - who looks alarmingly like our editor Mike Rankin.

“I love that people are passing on the spirit of goodwill to the next generation.

“We have also been supported by three churches, who are very generous, as well as Angus Council employees, Asda in Arbroath and Tesco in Montrose, I can’t name everyone, as there is so much, we know who you are and we are very grateful for your support.

“We also use Angus Council, Criminal Justice Service, unpaid work teams to help us out with collections and deliveries. The Angus Toy Appeal has such a positive, powerful impact on everyone and benefits the whole community in ways we could never dream.”

Lynn explained there has been a high number of referrals for infants and older children and donated money has been used to buy baby clothes and watches and books for the older ones.

She continued: “As the people of Angus have been so generous this year we have been able to give a more substantial bag of gifts, including a book and a toothbrush (staples for anyone’s stocking!)

“With the 2015 Appeal not finished yet, as we can go right up to Christmas Day if a family is in crisis, it’s hard to give an exact figure but we can say we have been able to reach over 350 children Angus wide this year, which is just fabulous. We are already planning more ways to reach more children living in poverty across Angus, that are not necessarily in services, and if you want to know more or help us out, check out our face-book page, email angustoyappeal@gmail.com or call us on 0778 3426770.”

The Angus Toy Appeal provides gifts for children aged from birth up to 18.

The committee of seven ladies are working tirelessly to help make a difference this Christmas. The charity’s logo is “Help us make a child’s dream of Santa stay alive” and everyone at Angus County Press thanks those who have supported our campaign this year to ensure that dream comes true. Here’s to next year!