Renewed appeal for toy donations to help Dundee kids have a merry Christmas

City charity boss Charlie Kean has called for people to come forward with Christmas present donations.

With less than 10 days to go until Christmas, an emergency appeal has gone out for Dundee residents to dig as deep as they can to help underprivileged children.

Two campaigns were launched in October calling for people to donate presents to help those in the city who are less fortunate.

When charity boss Charlie Kean launched his annual Christmas toy appeal earlier this year, he emphasised that there was a greater need than ever for donations.

Charlie said he had been contacted by groups and individuals asking for help.

The charity boss said there was close to 30,000 toys collected last year, which were distributed to families in the two weeks leading up to Christmas.

Charlie, however, said that toy donations were slower coming in this year than they have been in recent years and called for people to come forward with donations.

He added: “Sadly, I think it is just a sign of the times. There is little doubt that here in Dundee, more people are struggling to make ends meet.

“Many people have families of their own to find presents for this Christmas, so I appreciate that it is really hard to find spare cash to buy extra presents.

“I am asking that people try to find just a little bit to buy something for a child who otherwise will wake up to no Christmas presents.”

Meanwhile, the council’s annual toy appeal is under way for its fifth year, with organisers hoping to distribute more than £75,000 worth of gifts to underprivileged kids.

The local authority’s skills for learning and work team — Discover Opportunities — has partnered with Help for Kids, Wave 102 and Tesco to distribute presents to hundreds of kids from tots to 18-year-olds.

Santa with Kiley and Nikki Bryce, members of the council’s toy appeal team.

Kiley West, project manager at Discover, said: “We have a gap in gifts for kids aged 11 and older.

“Over the years, we’ve done a bit of fundraising and hope we can fill some of the gap.

“If you’re nipping to the shops over the next week please consider picking up something for one of Dundee’s bairns.”

To donate presents to either toy appeal contact the council or Charlie directly.