Generous Bairns show Christmas is also about giving

Howgate staff Bill Wison and Suzanne Henderson with just some of the gifts donated be generous shoppers
Howgate staff Bill Wison and Suzanne Henderson with just some of the gifts donated be generous shoppers

The true spirit of Christmas was not lost on Falkirk Bairns this festive season.

As thousands of families gathered to enjoy a happy day on December 25 many could reflect on the fact their generosity helped hundreds more celebrate as well.

On the run up to the big event they showed giving as well as receiving was top of their priority list, thinking of those less fortunate than themselves and making a contribution to the annual toy appeal launched by staff in the town’s Howgate Centre.

The heartfelt request to local shoppers to donate a present that would be given to children less fortunate than their own attracted a record breaking response with over 1000 gifts bought and paid for in time to be added to Santa’s sack for delivery from midnight on Christmas Eve.

The town’s wonderful effort might have led to the ‘Man in Red’ and his helpers having to find extra wrapping paper and gift tags just hours before deadline – but there were no complaints from him or his team!

Howgate Shopping Centre’s marketing manager Margaret Foy was also delighted the response to its 2014 appeal to donate a toy beat all previous campaigns.

She said: “I’d like to thank all the many Howgate customers who were so kind to us this Christmas and responded to our appeal to buy one extra gift when they did their Christmas shopping and help make Christmas a little bit better for others. We knew from previous years they dig deep to help those in more difficult circumstances but this time their generosity was better than ever.

“With the help of Falkirk Council’s social services, the Falkirk for Mums group and of course Santa we were able to make sure the presents all arrived on time.”