Generous Falkirk shoppers spread Christmas cheer for kids

The annual Howgate Cenrre toy appeal kept staff busy
The annual Howgate Cenrre toy appeal kept staff busy

Big-hearted shoppers have made sure hundreds of less fortunate children will have a gift-wrapped Christmas to enjoy.

Falkirk’s Howgate Shopping Centre’s annual toy appeal has been another bumper success with a sack-load of donations – 1300 in all – bought and paid for by Santa’s secret helpers.

Operations manager Bill Wilson and customer services assistant Suzanne Barclay worked overtime to see deal with the mountain of presents kindly handed in and forward them on for delivery in good time for the big day.

Volunteers from Falkirk Council’s social work department, Womens Aid, Falkirk & District Association for Mental Health and family support teams at schools across the district will all be involved making sure needy kids from less fortunate families will have something special waiting for them under the tree on Christmas morning.

This year’s appeal was boosted by the Tesco store in Redding whose own generous shoppers supplied around 400 presents to be added to the Howgate pile.

Marketing manager Margaret Foy said: “They have done themselves proud again. Every year we think we have done really well with our appeal and every year our shoppers come back and beat it. Their efforts this time have made sure 1300 young children will have a December 25 to remember in 2015.

“At this special time of year it’s wonderful to see such generosity which will make such a difference to so many families. It’s been a massive success story and we’re all delighted.”