Last plea for Spirit of Christmas gift appeal

Angela Gourlay, Christine Munro  and Laura Donaldson at the launch of Fife's Spirit of Christmas 2015. Picture by Fife Photo Agency.
Angela Gourlay, Christine Munro and Laura Donaldson at the launch of Fife's Spirit of Christmas 2015. Picture by Fife Photo Agency.

Organisers of the Fife’s Spirit of Christmas campaign have made an impassioned plea to Fifers to support their appeal for 2015.

The Christmas campaign, which launched last year, is again collecting gifts for children across the Kingdom who would otherwise go without on December 25.

And despite the massive success of the 2015 appeal, donations this year have been much slower.

Organisers are now hoping for one last big push ahead of the collection deadline this weekend.

One of the organisers, Christine Munro, explained: “We’ve been a victim of our own success really.

“Because the appeal took off so quickly last year and we had so much support, the group went up to 16,000 members.

“But because it has been quiet for the last 10 months, and Facebook has changed in that time, we had no idea that around 95 per cent of the people who were part of the group were not seeing any of the posts we put up about this year’s appeal.

“So lots of people just haven’t known we’re doing it again.”

Christine, alongwith fellow co-ordinators Angela Gourlay and Laura Donaldson, has now set up a new Facebook page ‘ChristineAngelaLaura’ which you can follow for daily updates -and post your own pictures of donations made.

The group needs gifts for a huge range of age groups: from 0-6 months through the years up to 16-plus.

Currently, it has about 1500 requests for gifts from a number of agencies across Fife, including Homestart, Women’s Aid, SACRO and Fife Council social work.

“We’re still waiting on the request coming in from the Cottage Centre in Kirkcaldy, which includes the whole social work department, so that will probably be another 1000-1500,” said Christine.

“It only takes half an hour to pop to the shops and make up a bag for a child, and there’s no price limit. Whatever people can hand in, whatever help they can provide, we greatly appreciate it.”

You can drop gifts off at the following locations: Fife Council Local Offices in Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes, Methil, Leven, Cupar, St Andrews, Dunfermline, Kelty, Cowdenbeath, Cardenden & Inverkeithing; Fire Stations in Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes, Methil, Lochgelly and Dunfermline; Remax in Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes (within Morrisons); Nationwide Building Society in Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes; Rejects Department Store, Changes Hair Salon and Cruickshank Glaziers in Kirkcaldy; Mayfair Hair Salon in Leven; Lundie Salon in Lundin Links; Envi Hair & Beauty in Leslie; Furniture Plus in Dysart; Williams McRae Solicitors in Cupar; Sinclairs TV Shop in Kelty; The Scottish Lime Centre Trust in Charlestown; and Hallmark in Cowdenbeath.