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Banffshire Coast News

Gift tree for disadvantaged kids

Organisations in Banff and the area's largest independent retail store are gearing up to distribute toys to disadvantaged children over the next few weeks in time for Christmas.

The Gift Tree Project has launched in the town, and residents are being urged to donate gifts to ensure the children have a happy festive time.

Last year locals provided more than £25,000 worth of gifts and food support.

The Spotty Bag Shop has donated £5,000 worth of toys.

Gift Trees with tags will appear at the Spotty Bag Shop until 13th December, and members of the public will be asked to select a tag from the tree, then buy just one extra gift while doing their Christmas shopping.  That present will then be donated to vulnerable children of all ages.

The Spotty Bag Shop and Home-Start Deveron, working in conjunction with Care United 2, Banff and Buchan community planning, community education, social work, health visitors and other professionals have joined forces to organise the toy appeal.  Close links have also been forged with local churches and other organisations working towards supporting those in need with food parcels.

Anyone who would like further information or would like to be involved in this project can contact Ms Thom at Home-Start Deveron, 5-7 Strait Path, Banff AB45 1AD, or call 01261 819964.

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