Giving Tree up for donations

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Banchory Lions hope the generosity of Deesiders will continue to grow this year with their annual Giving Tree event.

From Sunday, November 23, to Sunday, December 7, there will be a Christmas tree near the exit from Morrisons supermarket, Banchory.

Instead of tinsel and baubles, the Giving Tree will be decorated with coloured labels. Each label is marked with the gender and age of a child, for example, ‘boy aged 15’ or ‘girl aged 7’.

The Lions are asking members of the public to take a label from the tree, buy an appropriate present for that child and to take the present, unwrapped, but with enough gift paper to wrap the parcel up, and drop the gift off at the reception desk at the Burnett Arms Hotel, at Banchory Museum (open Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays) or to telephone Banchory Lions to arrange a pick up.

The charity tree is set up to provide children in the community, who otherwise may not have had anything to look forward to this Christmas, with gifts.

The Social Work department provides the Lions with a list which has the gender and ages of the children who would benefit from a gift.

The identities of the families involved are not revealed and are not known by the Lions.

Last year thanks to the generosity of the people in this part of the Dee valley, over 90 children were able to wake up on Christmas morning to find presents waiting for them to unwrap.

This year there are nearly 100 children on the Giving Tree list.

For more information contact Pat on 01330 823795, Margaret on 01338 882214 or Stuart on 01330 822105.