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Give a Festive Gift Appeal

Give a Festive Gift Appeal

Our Give a Festive Gift appeal in conjunction with Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire and local community groups, aims to provide toys and gifts for families struggling to afford presents.

We're calling for donations of new or 'as new' toys and gifts, suitable from tots to teenagers to assist families who find the festive season challenging, as part of a nine-stop giveaway tour across the region.

Last year, around 600 families and 1500 children across North Lanarkshire received gifts from thousands of donations received through our appeal.

Coordinated events will take place from late November and early December in Airdrie, Bellshill, Coatbridge, Craigneuk, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth, Motherwell, Shotts and Wishaw.

Depute Leader of the Council, Cllr Paul Kelly, said, "Once again, we're looking for help to spread the true spirit of Christmas with our 'Give a Festive Gift' appeal following the overwhelming support from communities last year.

"When most people look forward to fun-filled days at Christmas, for others, the strain of the festive season can be a time of real pressure and hardship, with some families in North Lanarkshire struggling to afford presents.

"We are asking for your help by donating unwrapped new or 'as-new' gifts and toys that are suitable for children and young people - from tots to teenagers. Please do what you can to help make our young people smile this year by giving a festive gift."

We are specifically looking for toys and gifts such as board games, character and superhero toys, arts & crafts, toy cars, bikes & scooters, dolls and video games. We will be separating donations into age groups from babies, toddlers, children and teenagers. Donations for teenagers are particularly appreciated, such as new toiletries, make-up or hair products. 

For safety reasons electrical or battery goods or fidget spinners can't be accepted.

Or why not buy a gift and donate a gift for a teenager at Semichem in Wishaw, Motherwell, Hamilton, Coatbridge, Airdrie and Carluke and deposit it in the special donation point in store?

See the table below for the list of drop off dates.






Freedom City Church Centre

6A St Mungo's Road, Cumbernauld, G67 1QR

Tuesday 20 November

Tuesday 27 November

Thursday 29 November

Noon - 3.30pm

Noon - 3.30pm

6pm - 8pm



First Stop Shop

Buchanan Centre, Coatbridge

Tuesday 27 November

Thursday 29 November

9.30am - 4.15pm

9.30am - 4.15pm


Springhill Community Group

23 Knoll Croft Rd, Shotts ML7 5JF

Friday 30 November


3pm - 7pm


Centrepoint Gowkthrapple

70 Smith Avenue, Wishaw ML2 0LD

Saturday 1 December

3pm - 7pm


Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre

Busby Rd, Bellshill ML4 2BW

Wednesday 5 December

3pm - 7pm


St Patrick's Church

71 Shieldmuir St, Wishaw ML2 7TH

Friday 7 December


3pm - 7pm


Forgewood Community Centre

49 Dinmont Crescent, Motherwell ML1 3TT

Saturday 8 December

3pm - 7pm


Storehouse Church

5 Garrell Rd, Kilsyth, Glasgow G65 9JX

Monday 10 December

Tuesday 11 December


10am - 7pm


10am - 7pm



@home Centre

2 Clark Street, Airdrie, ML6 6D

Tuesday 11 December

Wednesday 12 December

9.30am - 6pm

9.30am - 6pm


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