Thousands of youngsters to benefit from West Lothian Toy Appeal

West Lothian Toy Appeal 2015, kicked-off. Supported by Xcite in Linlithgow '1000's of kids set to benefit
West Lothian Toy Appeal 2015, kicked-off. Supported by Xcite in Linlithgow '1000's of kids set to benefit
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Around 1000 children will be a lot happier this festive season thanks to the West Lothian Christmas Toy Appeal.

The highly popular charity event helps children from 400 families every year and ensures they have toys to open on Christmas day.

Families that are socially or financially disadvantaged are referred to the appeal through Health Visitors, Social Workers and Citizen Advice Bureau. Often these families are going through a tough time and people who have been helped by the appeal are no strangers to the organisers as they often become donors after getting their life back on track.

Wendy Simpson, from River Kids, who are organising this year’s Toy Appeal, said: “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.”

Xcite is supporting the appeal and the Linlithgow branch is accepting donations.

Robin Strang, Chief Executive of Xcite said: “We are delighted to be able to offer our facilities for such a fantastic charity and are proud to play our part.”