Gift Tree 2014 is ready to Ho, Ho, Go!

The generosity of Blue Toon and Buchan folk was shown by the vast amount of items donated to the Gift Tree appeal last year
The generosity of Blue Toon and Buchan folk was shown by the vast amount of items donated to the Gift Tree appeal last year

Peterhead Projects and partner agencies have launched the 2014 Gift Tree Project for the Buchan area.

Many local families need a little extra support at Christmas and the unique partnership of agencies was formed several years ago to bring festive cheer to those who find themselves in need at that time of year.

The partnership will see social workers, health visitors, Peterhead Projects teams, Willowbank Day Centre, Aberdeenshire Council employees and other professionals working with local schools, businesses and community groups to organise the appeal, while working closely with local churches to support those in need of food parcels.

Gift Trees with tags will appear during November at key locations across Peterhead and Buchan including Morrisons, Asda, Peterhead Community Centre, Peterhead Library, The Hotspot, The Happy Plant Garden and Gift Centre at Mintlaw and Maud Resource Centre.

Gift Trees will also be pop up at Peterhead’s Salvation Army, Old Parish Church and the Congregational Church.

Additional shops, businesses, schools or churches that would like to host a tree can still get involved.

Simon Bedford, Peterhead Projects’ social regeneration development officer, said: “Members of the public are being asked to select a tag from one of our trees then buy one extra gift during their Christmas shopping up to the value of £10 be it a toy, book, game, toiletries or local business gift card for vulnerable children.”

Simon, whose position is funded through Fairer Scotland, added: “This appeal certainly brings a heart-warming togetherness into our community and it is wonderful to be involved with all the partners who work so hard to support this great cause.”

Ken Duncan, project development manager with Peterhead projects, added: “We are delighted our local supporters are again backing this hugely-important project and I would urge our communities to support the Gift Tree as they have done in previous years.

“I think it is important to remember that we not only provide support for younger children at this time of year but also teenagers and young adults.”

To host a Gift Tree, supply items for food hampers or volunteer to bag gifts later this year, contact Simon Bedford on 01779 478950 or email hereforyou@peterheadprojects.co.uk.