As the Advertiser’s Christmas Toy Appeal came to an end last week, we were stunned by some truly incredible gestures.
First up, was a mammoth toy donation from the prisoners and staff from HMP Addiewell.
Then there were gifts and toys donated from Hays Travel in Hamilton, MacPhie in Uddingston and Ferring Therapeutics in East Kilbride.
And we also received a call from the fabulous ladies at Hamilton’s newest hair and beauty salon, AM Hair and Beauty Lounge on Brandon Street, who very kindly donated over £100 worth of gift vouchers, entitling a free hair cut and blow dry for some lucky teenagers.
We also once again picked up a whopping £2000 worth of gift cards from JJ O’Hara and his team at Starbucks Hamilton drive-thru.
And to top it all off, our wonderful friends at Montessori Nursery on Bothwell Main Street handed over an impressive £610 at the last hour on Thursday.
This donation enabled us to purchase a huge variety of gift vouchers that will be distributed to the county’s disadvantaged teenagers.
Add to this the donations from the numerous Lanarkshire churches, businesses and indeed our wonderful readers, over the last few weeks, and it will all ensure that no child on South Lanarkshire Council’s social work services will go with out gifts next Wednesday.
Advertiser reporter Leona Greenan, who co-ordinates the appeal with The Salvation Army’s Hamilton branch, said: “We have had hundreds of members of the public handing in gifts galore for needy children across South Lanarkshire this Christmas day.
“We have also received massive support from churches, businesses, community groups, charities and more, and we send out a huge thank you to everyone who has supported our appeal.
“We are quite literally gobsmacked at the level of generosity this year, and we cannot wait to tally up our final figures towards the end of this week.”
Advertiser editor Robert Mitchell added: “Again, we cannot thank everyone enough for all their support. It has been another bumper year.
“A special mention has to go to our reporter Leona Greenan and the Salvation Army’s volunteers and Captain Wendy Leisk as without their help, time and dedication none of this would have been possible.
“Be sure to pick up your copy of the Advertiser next week too to see how your donations made a difference to underprivileged families this Christmas.”