Giving Tree donations spread Christmas cheer across South Ayrshire

 21 December 2018  |  

Kind hearted staff at South Ayrshire Council have donated hundreds of presents to children who might not receive gifts on Christmas Day. The Council's Giving Tree campaign will now bring added cheer to homes ranging from Girvan to Troon.

Launched in 2015, this year's campaign saw festive Giving Trees put in place at eight Council buildings, with labels attached containing a child's name and age. Staff then took a label from the tree, bought and wrapped a gift for the child before returning it back to the tree with its label attached. More than 400 tags were snapped up within a fortnight.

The presents have now been gathered with an army of helpers working hard to make sure they all reach families before the Christmas break.

Eileen Howat, Chief Executive at South Ayrshire Council said the Giving Tree was one of her favourite projects, "Ever since we first launched the Giving Tree campaign, staff have embraced the idea with the tickets always taken in a matter of days, meaning we often have offers of further help which help to buy even more presents.

"I'm proud to say that this year was no different and hundreds of people across South Ayrshire will now be receiving gifts at a time that we know brings additional financial worries and additional pressure for families.

"I'd like to thank everyone who supported the campaign this year for their support and I sincerely hope that our gesture will make a difference to the lives of hundreds of children and young people this coming Christmas."