Keeping Larbert and Stenhousemuir Beautiful launches Christmas clothes, gifts and dinners appeals
A volunteer-led group has launched an appeal to ensure children are kept warm and fed this Christmas.
Keeping Larbert and Stenhousemuir Beautiful (KLSB) is asking members of the public to donate to its collection of winter clothes and Christmas gifts and dinners for families feeling the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The appeals have already broken through their initial targets, however, organisers are hopeful people will continue to give generously to support those in desperate need during the festive season.
Donations from Stenhouse Taxis, Marshall’s Family Bakers, the Salvation Army, Tryst Dental Practice and the Dobbie Hall Trust have been warmly received, among many others.
John McMorran, KLSB chairman, said: “All appeals have been very successful and we have already raised over £3000 in donations and a small mountain of toys and gifts.
"This is thanks, in most, to our very generous local residents and businesses.
“We’re £1000 over the target but we’re still taking stuff in to help families over the holidays.”
KLSB offering help to its community is, of course, nothing new.
Its volunteers have been providing environmental help, via litter picks, and charitable work through a community pantry which has acted as a vital lifeline for many, especially since the onset of Covid-19, handing out food to more than 150 households a week.
Last October, KLSB also became part of a larger group which tackled anti-social behaviour.
The group has worked with various partners, including Falkirk Council, Stenhousemuir FC, Larbert High School and St Mungo’s High School where the KLSB Community Pantry distributed food support to over 150 households per week.
The need for its services has been so great, KLSB has moved from its premises in the Dobbie Hall in Larbert to new offices in King Street, Stenhousemuir.
Mr McMorran added: “We now have over 30 volunteers who come out at regular times to help us in the community.
“We have a community partnership with Stenhousemuir FC, the Rotary Club of Larbert, Larbert Round Table and Y.E.S. PLANT.”