Toy appeal to bring salvation to children

Salvation army toy appeal with donations from Superdrug: Ann Carstairs, assistant manager, June Ballatyne, manager with Dawn Hinton and  Jan Donaldson from Salvation Army and Marion Peebles and  Kennedy Hunter

Salvation army toy appeal with donations from Superdrug: Ann Carstairs, assistant manager, June Ballatyne, manager with Dawn Hinton and Jan Donaldson from Salvation Army and Marion Peebles and Kennedy Hunter

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The Salvation Army have launched their annual Christmas toy appeal, reports KEVIN QUINN.

The organisation’s Glenrothes branch has again teamed up with Superdrug to collect toys, which will be distributed to local disadvantaged children in time for Christmas.

Members of the public are asked to donate items to the appeal through Superdrug’s store in the Kingdom Centre, or at the Salvation Army charity shop in the Postgate.

Captain Dawn Hinton, commanding army officer at the Glenrothes branch of the Salvation Army, explained more about the appeal.

She said: “We have this toy appeal so that everybody in the community, children that might not get a Christmas present or very little, do actually get something to open on Christmas day.

“We have had this appeal for about ten years and it’s probably stayed quite steady over that time with the amount of donations we have got.

“We are looking for members of the public to give a new toy for a child up to the age of 16.

“We often don’t get much for younger babies and older teenagers. Also, it has to be new and unwrapped.

“Maybe a doubler or an extra toy picked up on a three for two offer in a shop perhaps.”

Dawn explained exactly who gets these toys.

She said: “It’s children in the Glenrothes community, that will benefit. We have had referrals from local health agencies, drug and alcohol agencies, the Citizens Advice Bureau and the Glenrothes YMCA-YWCA.

“It’s been great over the past few years working with Superdrug.

This is a national appeal, every Salvation Army branch and Superdrug store is taking part.”

Hand in donations to the Salvation Army and Superdrug stores.