A Scots community have been left touched after a young man decided to take Christmas into his own hands and offer help to families who might be struggling this festive period.

David Gardiner, a Process Engineer from Falkirk, took to social media to make everyone aware of his kind gesture and told anyone that needed to help with presents to get in touch.

The 30-year-old, also described how he got paid off a few months before Christmas last year, and said he understood the uncertainty families face.

This will also be David's first Christmas without his mum after she tragically passed away a few months ago, leaving him devastated.

Speaking to the Record, he said: "I was shopping at the retail park in Falkirk and walked passed Smyths toy store - and with me just losing my mum recently it made me reflect on how lucky I was as a kid and the amazing Christmas' I used to have when I was young.

"It also made me think about how unfortunate some families are, and about the kids that might not get anything for Christmas.

"So I had a think about what I could do to help as many people as I can, and I think that's important. This time of year can be tough at the best of times, never mind for those less fortunate.

David and his mum.

"The reaction and response has been amazing, I really did not think so many people would have liked and shared my post.

"I'm also surprised at the amount of people who have come forward and sent me a message to ask for some help, and I think that is great. I'm really happy people have."

David says that despite his post only going online a few days ago - he's already bought some presents to send to Santa.

He added: "I just got to work right away when people started messaging me.

"I've also been donated a Segway Tour as well, which is pretty cool, so some lucky person can have that too.

"At this time of year, it's important for people to come together and help each other out. As it is at anytime of year actually.

One person said: "I have just welled up there, this is absolutely fantastic, David."

Another wrote: "So Kind of you."

A third posted: "What a lovely thing to do. I hope this helps some people."

While a fourth simply said: "Amazing!!!"