Stenhousemuir group's appeal collects 750 Easter eggs for disadvantaged children
A Facebook page set up to support the vulnerable has gathered more than 750 chocolate eggs so underprivileged children don’t go without this Easter.
The Families In Need group has helped countless people across the Falkirk area in recent years but never before has it received so many donations at once.
Stenhousemuir resident Linda Foster, who runs the page along with a team of admins, each year asks friends and family not to buy her presents for her birthday on March 18.
Instead, she suggests they pay for an Easter egg for a disadvantaged child.
This year, the birthday girl celebrated her 67th knowing hundreds of households in the region will benefit from others’ generosity.
The sweet treats are now being spread out among Falkirk area food banks.
Ms Foster said: “Everybody has been absolutely fantastic.
“It’s the most I’ve received. We had 350 Easter eggs last year.
“We’ve still got a lot more coming in. They bring them to me or drop them off at the admins’ houses. We arrange things through the page.
“All the admins will take them out or the food banks will come and collect.
“The eggs are also going to the homeless and children of people on the page who are struggling.”
As well as Families In Need, Ms Foster is also involved with the Sharing is Caring Falkirk and Hearts of Gold Stirling accounts.
The support the social media groups have given to members of the public is a source of pride for all involved behind the scenes.
Ms Foster explained: “We’ve worked right through the Covid pandemic.
“We’ve helped people with household stuff and food, gas and electrics, angel babies, funerals, Christmas gifts, birthdays – anything people need.
“We’ve helped thousands of people. We’re on the pages all day and night.”
She paid particular tribute to the efforts of admins Chloe Queen and Jackie Queen, moderator Donna Latter and helpers Nicky Beech, Tracy Fulton and Sally Ann Goldie.
Ms Foster added: “A massive thank you to everybody who made this possible and donated eggs, and to all our amazing member food banks who support us with our pages.”