Operation Christmas

KIRKCALDY;'STV Weather Man Sean Batty hands over a �2000 donation to Pauline Buchan from the Cottage Family Centre from STV Appeal which raises cash for children affected by poverty in Scotland. with JUDY HAMILTON & MARILYN LIVINGSTON'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
KIRKCALDY;'STV Weather Man Sean Batty hands over a �2000 donation to Pauline Buchan from the Cottage Family Centre from STV Appeal which raises cash for children affected by poverty in Scotland. with JUDY HAMILTON & MARILYN LIVINGSTON'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
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generous Langtonians are being asked to help spread a bit of festive cheer around the town this Christmas.

The Cottage Family Centre in Templehall is busy organising its third annual Christmas Appeal to help local families in need, and it is urging those who are able to help those who are not.

Pauline Buchan, service co-ordinator at the centre, explained that many families would be dreading the festive season this year.

“We have identified around 90 families in Kirkcaldy who are seriously needing some help this Christmas and our aim is to provide each one of them with a food hamper, warm clothing and a toy for each of the children,” she said.

“We have had some financial help, with £2000 from the STV Children in Poverty Appeal and donations from Tullis Russell, Tesco and Peacocks locally.

‘‘But we are struggling to help as many families as we would like to this year.

‘‘That is why we are appealing to people in the town to help others less fortunate than themselves.

“We are not asking them to go out and buy lots of new clothes and toys - we would be grateful for any good quality used clothing and toys as well as donations of tinned and other non perishable food.

“We are particularly looking for things for children aged from nine years upwards as they seem to be the hardest to get donations for.

‘‘Anything anyone can give to help make the festive period a little brighter for these families would be gratefully appreciated.

“If any local shops or companies could help us in any way we would also be extremely grateful, and they can contact me to find out more information.”

Donations can be handed in to the Cottage Centre in Cawdor Crescent before December 22, or to arrange to have them uplifted, call the centre on (01592) 269489.