Christmas is all about giving as well as receiving

West Lothian Toy Appeal in partnership with Xcite
West Lothian Toy Appeal in partnership with Xcite

West Lothian’s 2014 Christmas Toy Appeal has finally been unwrapped.

The highly popular charity event helps around 1000 children from 400 families each year, including those from the most socially or financially disadvantaged families in the area.

Families are referred to the appeal through health visitors, social workers, and Citizens Advice Bureau.

On occasions, families in temporary accommodation (Homeless Unit) are also referred by West Lothian Council’s housing services.

Often families can be going through a tough time temporarily.

The appeal organisers are no strangers to people who have had help in the past becoming donors after getting their lives back on track.

Xcite is supporting the appeal this Christmas.

Those wishing to donate toys can do so at Xcite Linlithgow.

Wendy Simpson, from River Kids, which is organising this year’s Toy Appeal, said: “As the name suggests, people are urged to donate toys.

“Ideally we are looking for new toys but good quality second hand ones are also needed and welcomed.

“Having Santa deliver toys at Christmas may not make up for the dismal reality of living in refuge accommodation or being separated from friends and family but at least it brings a little brightness into the lives of innocent children.

“We are delighted that Xcite has offered to help out again. In the past, one of the main obstacles we’ve encountered is the lack of suitable drop off points for people.

“So we’d like to thank Xcite for its help.”

Anyone who would like to donate can drop off toys at any Xcite facility in West Lothian.