Give a gift for Christmas

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The Rotary Club of Forfar has launched a project which it hopes will ensure no local child will be without a gift this Christmas.

Its ‘gift tree’ scheme invites members of the public to pick a gift tag off a tree displayed in the Forfar Asda store this weekend, and then at Astute at Orchardbank during the first two weeks of December.

Paula Elvin, Forfar Rotary’s youth convener, said: “I believe no child should wake up without a gift on Christmas morning, so we are going to try a gift tree this year.

“The idea is that we hang gift tags on the tree, shoppers then take a tag which would have an explanation that they are buying a gift for a child with a stated gender and age as a guide.

“The shopper would then purchase the gift, attach the tag and hand it back to the gift point unwrapped.

“Rotary would then collect the gifts and distribute them to the families of the vulnerable and deprived children of Forfar and its surrounding area through the schools and other organisations; I have targeted all the schools which fall under our Rotary area.”

Asda has given permission for a couple of Rotarians to be present to highlight the tree to shoppers as they enter and leave the store, and hand out leaflets at the following times although the tags will be available to collect from the tree all weekend.

They will be in store on Saturday, November 29 from 9.30 to 11 a.m. and on Sunday, November 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

After this the tags will be available at Astute at the Orchardbank Business Park from Monday, December 1 until Friday, December 5 and Monday, December 8 until Friday, December 12.

Please ensure all gifts are returned by Friday, December 12. If you need help returning a gift please call

Paula on 07957 891738.

Leaflets will also be handed out on Thursday evening at the switch on of Forfar’s Christmas lights at The Cross.

Paula concluded: “There seems to be so much charity out there especially at Christmas but I am a firm believer in charity begins at home. If we can’t help people in our own community first then there is something 
far wrong.”