THE 28th West Lothian Toy Appeal has been officially unwrapped for Christmas.
The popular charity event helps around 1000 children from 400 disadvantaged families each year and organisers River Kids have teamed up with West Lothian Leisure to help the youngsters over the festive season.
Those wishing to donate toys can drop them off at any of West Lothian Leisure’s Xcite facilities. Families are referred through health visitors, social workers, Citizens’ Advice Bureau, and West Lothian Council’s housing services.
Wendy Simpson, from River Kids, said: “As the name suggests, people are urged to donate toys. Ideally we are looking for new toys, but good quality second-hand toys are also needed.
‘‘Having Santa deliver toys at Christmas may not make up for the dismal reality of living in refuge accommodation or separated from friends and family members, but at least it brings a little brightness into the lives of innocent children.”
Girls from the Miss West Lothian contest, including Linlithgow hopeful Roberta Johnstone, are also involved and they will help pick up toys in the run-up to Christmas. The closing date for donations is December 12.
APPEALING: (L–R): Roberta Johnstone, Miss West Lothian entrant from Linlithgow; Xcite’s Stephen Lyon and Leann MacKenzie and Wendy Simpson, West Lothian Toy Appeal co-ordinator.