Get into spirit for 2015 Fife festive appeal

Angela Gourlay, Christine Munro and Laura Donaldson launch Spirit of Christmas 2015. Pic: FPA
Angela Gourlay, Christine Munro and Laura Donaldson launch Spirit of Christmas 2015. Pic: FPA

Generous Fifers are being asked to help spread some festive cheer to needy families in the Kingdom once again by supporting a special Christmas appeal.

The Fife Spirit of Christmas Campaign is being held for the second year following the overwhelming success of last year’s initiative.

Organisers officially launched the appeal on Facebook at the start of the month to start spreading the word about this year’s campaign.

Christine Munro, who is organising the donations along with Angela Gourlay and Laura Donaldson, said they received a total of 4500 parcels to distribute to children across Fife in time for Christmas last year.

She said: “As a result of our members support last year, The Spirit of Christmas is going through the process of becoming a registered charity and will hopefully be completed prior to Christmas. This will allow us to get other companies and business on board.

“We were taken aback by the success of last year’s appeal. We thought we would have a little bit of interest from maybe 90 or 100 people, but we were overwhelmed by the donations and support we had, it just snowballed!”

Christine said it wasn’t just the volume of parcels which took the organisers by surprise but also how thoughtful each gift was.

“It choked every one of us up - you could see people had put a lot of effort into the parcels, as if they were buying gifts for their own children.

“We are anticipating the need to be even greater this year, particularly with the changes to tax credit, this is going to cripple a lot of families.”

Christine said they are in the process of putting out gift request forms and are looking for areas in Glenrothes, Leven and the East Neuk which can become official drop off points for donations.

“We already have a lot of drop off places in Kirkcaldy and we are hoping to get the fire stations on board once again.

“But we are looking for drop off points in other areas in Fife such as the East Neuk.

“We also have warehouse space this time, which we can access 24-7, to collect everything in and sort parcels out which will make a big difference.”

Christine said people can start dropping off gifts from Monday, November 2 until Sunday, December 6.

>> Can you help or offer premises? Please email fifesspiritofchristmas@gmail.com