Festive 'Give-a-Gift-Card' appeal launched

A seasonal appeal to support families struggling to afford presents is now under way

The Give-a-Gift-Card appeal aims to give people greater flexibility and choice as they can buy presents suitable for their child's age, interests or needs.

From 21 October to 21 November, anyone in North Lanarkshire can donate a gift card worth at least £10. They can be left at any of the drop-off points located in ten First Stop Shops and other public and community buildings.

Council employees are being encouraged to contribute to this gift card appeal, by using one of the sixteen drop-off locations placed across council buildings.

This year, the council has teamed up with partners, businesses and large employers to boost the donations and ensure a large number of families can be supported through this initiative. NHS, Co-op, Mears, Amey, Routes to Work, Culture and Leisure NL, Engie or Morgan Sindall are some of the organisations and companies that have joined forces to help make this 'Give a Gift Card' appeal a success.

Depute Leader of the Council, Cllr Paul Kelly, said, "North Lanarkshire people showed enormous generosity last year, and we're sure the response to our gift card appeal will be as overwhelming on this occasion.

"As we approach the festive season, many families will feel under the strain, struggling to afford presents to have under the tree on Christmas day. 'Give a Gift Card' wants to alleviate some of the pressure on those families by offering them not just a present, but a choice.

"We're calling for gift card donations worth at least £10 that can be exchanged for suitable presents for children and teenagers. Your contribution can go a long way and make a real difference to someone's Christmas who otherwise may receive very little".

Donations will be taken until 21 November to allow enough time for families to use their gift cards. No items other than gift cards will be accepted and they should be exchangeable for presents suitable for an age range from 0 to 18.

Walk-in donations can be dropped off in the following locations and days:

Airdrie, Bellshill, Coatbridge, Cumbernauld, Motherwell and Wishaw First Stop Shops

  • 8.45 am - 4.45 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 10 am - 4:45 pm on Wednesdays
  • 8.45 am - 4.15 pm on Fridays

Kilsyth, Moodiesburn, Shotts and Viewpark First Stop Shops

  • 10 am - 2 pm Monday to Friday

Boxes in the following venues will be in place from Monday 28 October:

  • Broadwood, 1 Ardgoil Drive, Cumbernauld, G68 9NE
  • Wishaw Sports Centre, Alexander Street, Wishaw, ML2 0HQ
  • Time Capsule, 100 Buchanan St, Coatbridge, ML5 1DL
  • Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility O'Donnell Way, Motherwell ML1 2TZ
  • Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, Heritage Way, Coatbridge ML5 1QD
  • Concert Hall, Motherwell
  • Motherwell Library 35 Hamilton Road, Motherwell ML1 3BZ
  • St Andrews - community facilities 9 Old Monkland Road, Coatbridge ML5 5EA
  • Coatbridge Library Buchanan Centre | 126 Main Street, Coatbridge ML5 3BJ
  • Airdrie Library Wellwynd, Airdrie ML6 0AG
  • Cumbernauld Library  8 Allander Walk, Glasgow G67 1EE
  • Houldsworth Centre, Kenilworth Avenue, Wishaw ML2 7LP
  • Bellshill Cultural Centre, John Street, Bellshill ML4 1RJ
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