Burntisland businesses band together for children's Christmas gifts

The Giving Tree.The Giving Tree.
The Giving Tree.
Several businesses in Burntisland are working together to bring a bit of Christmas cheer to kids in the town with a Giving Tree.

Local residents are being encouraged to take a tag from the tree, which is located in the Co-op on the High Street, write down whether the gift is for a boy or girl – and the age it is aimed at – and then attach it to the present before dropping it off at the store, unwrapped and in a bag.

Other businesses in the town taking part include, Boho Chic, Novellis Ice Cream Parlour, Aye Candy, and Zenith.

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Carole-anne Paterson.Carole-anne Paterson.
Carole-anne Paterson.

Carole-anne Paterson, team leader at the Co-op said: “We have been doing the Giving Tree for a few years now, but this year there is even more need for it as more families are struggling due to the pandemic.

"The way it works is every child gets a letter from their school to take home, and families nominate other families – or themselves – as to who they think should receive a gift.

"We will take all of the donated presents to the school, and families will be allocated a date and a time to pick them up – and all of this is done with the strictest of confidentiality.

"I know what it is like to struggle at Christmas time as I’m a single mother, but I’m lucky as I work full-time. People are being very generous this year, especially because of Covid.

"It’s great to see everyone come together.

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