Local businesses are backing a campaign to brighten up the lives of needy children this Christmas.
The Hawes Inn in South Queensferry and Ferguson Carpets and Flooring in Dalmeny are acting as collection points for radio station Forth One’s “Mission Christmas”.
The station is asking people to buy an extra present this yuletide and pass it on to a youngster less fortunate, dropping off at collection points and businesses across east central Scotland. The station is also encouraging locals and businesses to get involved in fundraising initiatives to support the campaign. The station says: “Four million children live in poverty across the UK.
For these families Christmas is a luxury they just can’t afford. “That’s why Radio Forth Cash for Kids have launched Mission Christmas. We’re asking you to buy just one extra present this year to ensure that every child has a happy Christmas.
“We’re looking for new and unwrapped gifts suitable for children and young people aged 0 to 18 years, and you can donate at one of our drop off points across the region. “Visit forth1.com/mission for full details.
“We need as much help as possible to make a difference to the children in our area on Christmas Day, and have come up with some great festive fundraising ideas for your business, workplace, school or college! Don’t forget that everything raised locally stays local, so you can be sure that your gift and cash donations will directly benefit a local child with a minimum of 80p from every pound donated going to the children.”
Kevin Ferguson of Ferguson Carpets and Flooring encouraged local businesses to support the campaign. He said he would be using social media to spread the word.
He said: “We are going to be a present drop off point for Forth One’s Mission Christmas children’s charity campaign. It runs from 14th November-12th December. I would like to see if the local businesses can get behind this.” In addition to giving presents, campaign supporters can also make cash donations.