Christmas relief for local children in need

The Morrisons Giving Tree, Karen Anderson, Morrisons community worker with Karen Murdoch and Zuzanna, 2 years and Alana, 4. SGGY 261113 2
The Morrisons Giving Tree, Karen Anderson, Morrisons community worker with Karen Murdoch and Zuzanna, 2 years and Alana, 4. SGGY 261113 2

Morrisons supermarket in Stranraer has launched a scheme to help out those in need of assistance from Wigtownshire Women’s Aid this Christmas.

The store’s community champion Karen Anderson decided to contact local charities to offer a helping hand through the festivities, and now the Salvation Army and the Women’s Aid will benefit from the kindness of shoppers.

Having received positive responses, Karen and team have set up a Christmas tree with gift tags showing the age and sex of a child in need locally. Shoppers are then invited to take a tag and buy a gift for that child.

Karen said: “We would love if members of the public and staff would take a tag and buy a gift suitable for a child of that age. There is no set value to the gift and you can take as many tags as you like. The aim is to give a child a Christmas and give the parents some relief knowing their child will have gifts to open on Christmas day. The tree will be in place for a week or two and the gifts can be returned to the store no later than Sunday the 15th of December. The gifts will then be given to the charities for distribution in time for Christmas day.”

Karen is also hunting for a way to liven up the store before Christmas. She said: “Morrisons will also be supporting the Santa Community Float in Stranraer and District we will be donating sweets to be handed out to the children as Santa does his rounds. We are also looking for school choirs or community bands to come and play on the Saturdays on the lead up to Christmas.”

Would your school or group like to take part a bucket can be put out for donations for a charitable collection? Contact Karen Anderson at morrisons if you can help.