Donations pour in for Monklands toy appeal

The advertiser’s call for toys for 2021 is in full swing – with hundreds of freebies already handed out to young people in Monklands.

Christmas shoppers have responded in droves since launching our annual festive campaign earlier this month, with all three high-traffic supermarket donation points filling up with an array of toys, games, books and more.

We ask kind-hearted residents to hand over a new unused gift for a youngster between birth and 16; and there is still plenty of time to participate in the appeal until Wednesday December 15th.



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Items such as teen-friendly toiletries, vouchers and gifts as well as stacks of popular toys and games can be placed in the decorated collectible carts at Asda in Coatbridge and at Morrisons and Tesco in Airdrie.

Supermarket staff generously collect and store gifts, which are then safely collected and sorted by volunteers from Coatbridge, Airdrie and Monklands Rotary Club.

They will ensure they reach deserving youth in time for Christmas Day by distributing them through schools, community nurses, good causes, church groups and community education workers.

Community champions from all three supermarkets have been delighted to see donations pouring in since the appeal launched two weeks ago.

This is the ninth year of our festive calling and nearly 12,000 gifts were given during this period.

Norbert Grant, Rotary volunteer and toy appeal coordinator, told Lanarkshire Live: “It’s always great to see how generous people are in supporting him and the supermarket staff do a great job – they are so passionate and excited to support the community.

Individual collections of corporate and group items can also be organized by calling 07789 540609.

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