In just three months, Help for Kids made the lives of more than 400 local children that little bit better.
The charity, which is supported by Wave FM, the Evening Telegraph and the Overgate shopping centre, handed out a whopping £15,972 in donations in the last quarter of 2018 alone.
That enabled Help for Kids to support 428 children in Dundee and Perth who are disadvantaged through social and economic circumstances, or through health and disability.
The charity also ran a hugely successful toy appeal when kind-hearted locals donated gifts to ensure no child was left without a present to open on Christmas morning.
Businesses around Tayside also rallied together and were incredibly generous, with many holding toy collections which were well supported by their loyal customers.
One of the largest contributions came from Dundee Stars ice hockey team which held a “teddy toss” where fans threw teddies on to the ice when Stars scored their first goal in a match against Sheffield Steelers.
Stars’ commercial manager Elliot Shaw said: “The teddy toss game is always a fantastic night.
“Last year we had a record breaking number of teddies thrown on to the ice.
“The initiative is a great hockey tradition and allows us to further our connection with the local community at an important time of year.”
Dundee Football Club also played its part with a number of toys being handed over to the charity.
MMG Archibald Accountants, DC Thomson, Tesco stores in Dundee and Perth and many other businesses followed suit.
The donations were just the start of the work carried out by staff and volunteers at Help for Kids who had to sort through the mountain of gifts in their own “grotto” – a warehouse – before wrapping them up and delivering them to almost 900 children.
Stacey Wallace, of the charity, said: “What a year we had. Each year gets bigger and better and that’s because of the support of the people in Dundee and Perth.
“Everyone involved with the charity would like to say thank you to every single person who contributed towards helping kids in their local area and a special mention must go to our ambassadors.
“Since having them on board, the charity has gone from strength to strength and it can only get better.
“The toy donations meant we were able to give 879 children in the Dundee and Perth area special gifts to open on Christmas morning.
“Not forgetting that we also helped 428 children in our last round of funding, I think we can safely say it was our best Christmas yet.”
The fundraising for local kids never stops and Help for Kids is currently gearing up for a special comedy night which will be held at City Quay on February 22.
Anyone wanting more information should visit helpforkids. org.uk.