BIG-HEARTED people in Kirkcaldy are being urged to back the Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal.
Groups of church leaders and volunteers are preparing to wrap, pick up and deliver gifts to needy children all over Scotland as part of the registered charity’s national initiative.
The appeal runs until mid-December.
The Salvation Army’s initiative relies on the generosity of others who are able to buy an extra gift for children aged up to 16.
The presents can be dropped off unwrapped at local Superdrug stores from now until December 16.
Salvation Army volunteers will then wrap the gifts and make sure they reach a needy child or young person this Christmas - thanks to the Salvation Army’s own networks, local groups and social services.
Gift ideas include soft and educational toys for the very youngest children, to CDs, games, toys and accessories for older children.
Suitable presents for teenagers, particularly the boys are also needed - as they tend to get left out of such appeals.
Captain Carrie James, from the Salvation Army’s Kirkcaldy Corps, said: “We are really grateful to Superdrug who are helping again this year with our toy appeal.
‘‘We are also working closely with local social work teams to help families who are in need this Christmas.
“The Salvation Army demonstrates our belief by changing people’s lives and the presents donated will make the world of difference to those families who are struggling this year.”
Major Russell Wyles said: “For a lot of families it may feel as though the Grinch is coming their way as they struggle to buy presents in these difficult financial times. However, we are determined to make sure that children of all ages have the best Christmas possible – and that no-one is deprived of a gift.
“We have a long history of offering practical support to people who are vulnerable or in need and couldn’t do this without the public’s help.
‘‘The Grinch ended up embracing Christmas and helping others, so have a think about the toys that used to make your Christmas special and if you can, buy a gift and be part of our Appeal.”
People can drop off presents at the Superdrug store based in the Mercat, Kirkcaldy. The shop’s opening hours are: Monday to Saturday: 8.30 a.m - 5.30 p.m and Sunday 11.30 a.m to 4.30 p.m.