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Christmas Toy Appeal 2015


It may only be the end of October but staff at the Hamilton Advertiser are ready to launch their ever-popular Christmas Toy Appeal once again.

The team of little elves are gearing up for what they hope is another hugely successful year in terms of donations in a bid to make the county’s underprivileged youngsters smile this Christmas time.

And this year as well as their continued partnerships with the Larkhall and District Volunteer Group and Hamilton Furniture Initiative, they are also delighted to announce the support of Hamilton Accies Football Club and Lanarkshire-based charity Blameless.

Both have pledged to help with Christmas toy wrapping, deliveries, collections and more and they have a feeling members of the Accies first team could well be donning Santa hats in the coming weeks!

So if you wish to help make the toy appeal another huge success then all you need to do is donate new or nearly new (must be in good condition) toys.

Toys are required for children of all age groups, and firms and shops can also help by providing left-over stock.

Hamilton Advertiser editor Robert Mitchell is looking forward to another busy festive period and said: "The toy appeal is always a huge success and every year we are completely overwhelmed at the generosity of our readers, local businesses, churches and organisations who all get behind this very worthwhile campaign.

"Remember, every little helps, and we’ll gladly take any donations off your hands, such as make-up kits, colouring-in books and crayons, dolls, toy cars, construction sets, jigsaws, cuddly teddies and more. Cash donations or gift vouchers are also warmly welcomed. We also need wrapping paper and AAA and AA batteries for toys.

"The gifts will then be passed to our friends at the Larkhall and District Volunteer Group, who will kindly gift wrap every single item so the children can enjoy tearing open their presents come Christmas Day.

"The toys will be hand-delivered to underprivileged children, the names of whom are given to us by South Lanarkshire Council social work department, in time for Christmas Eve.

You can hand in your donation to the Advertiser Office, Press Buildings, Campbell Street, Hamilton. The office is open on weekdays 9am to 5pm.