Still time to make a difference and donate to the Angus Toy Appeal

20151120- Kirriemuir Dental Practice'Staff at the practice are collecting for the Angus Toy Appeal. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES''No use without payment.

20151120- Kirriemuir Dental Practice'Staff at the practice are collecting for the Angus Toy Appeal. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES''No use without payment.

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Staff at the Kirriemuir Dental Practice with some of their collection for the Angus Toy Appeal.

Three weeks ago we teamed up with the charity to support this year’s appeal to help make Christmas that little bit brighter for local children.

We asked our readers to consider supporting this year’s appeal by purchasing a toy which will be delivered to the homes of those in need on Christmas day.

Thank you to all who have already made a donation and, if you are still thinking about it, the good news is there is still time.

The Angus Toy Appeal was started in 2004 and its logo is “Help us make a child’s dream of Santa stay alive.”

The original small group of volunteers in Arbroath wanted to be able to give toys, books and games to children living in poverty and who would not be as lucky as their own children. They gather in gifts for children aged from birth through to the teenage years up to 18.

An easy referral system was introduced to allow the appeal to reach workers involved with the children the group wanted to support - and they reached around 40 children in the first couple of years. Over 10 years later, the appeal has grown Angus wide and last year over 400 referrals were received.

The dedicated volunteers receive referrals from Angus Council’s social work department and other charities, agencies and organisations and they try to give each child a book, toy and a game.

Lynn Richards, secretary, said: “Christmas 2014 saw almost 400 referrals from a wide range of services.

“This year, with the welfare reform and a lot of people losing their jobs, and those surviving just under the bread line, we are trying to reach even more children. We get that you don’t have to be on benefits to struggle.

“We, as a small team of volunteers, are always overwhelmed with people’s generosity when it comes to the appeal, and it completely restores our faith in human nature.

“We love being a part of such a great charity and look forward to sharing our appeal with more and more people”.

If you have a gift you would like to donate then head to one of the following collection points:

Forfar area - Forfar Academy the Access Office; Montrose Road Centre; Angus House; William Wallace House; St Margaret’s House at Orchardbank; Mode Hairdressers, West High Street; Lilybank Resource Centre.

Kirriemuir - Kirriemuir Dental Practice, The Roods; Communities Department of Fairlie House in Kirriemuir.

Arbroath area - Bruce House Child and Family Centre, Chalmers Street; E&O Fish; Hair Studio; Mania’s Dance Studio; AquaDetox, Westport; Arbroath High School; Arbroath Academy; Arbroath Infirmary; Westway Car Wash; Abbey Playgroup, Old and Abbey Church; Scout Hall; D&A College, Mackie Motors.

Brechin area - Stracathro Hospital, Mackie Motors.

Carnoustie area- Kinloch Care Centre; Visions, 80 High Street.

Monifieth area - Monifieth High School.

Montrose area- Provost Johnston Residential Care home for the elderly; Broomfield centre, Children services, Broomfield Road; Dorward House, 24 Dorward Road; Hillside Hotel; The Barber Shop, Market Street.

If possible gifts should be unwrapped.

The Angus Toy Appeal uses Criminal Justice Services unpaid work teams to help with the delivery and pick up of the donations boxes, as well as the delivery of the bags.

Those involved love being a part of the project and the positive emotions of being part of the appeal has such a wide impact.

Please let us know if you have made a donation - email news@forfardispatch.com news@brechinadvertiser.com news@montrosereview.com or news@arbroathherald.co.uk

Better still, why not take a picture of your collection, email it in and we will publish it on our Facebook pages and our websites.

We would ask that donations are made by the end of November ready for sorting. If you are unable to get to a collection point then please get in touch by email so we can arrange a pick-up. Here’s hoping the good people of Angus get behind the Angus Toy Appeal to help make a child’s dream of Santa stay alive.