The first financial donations to the 2016 Peterhead and Fraserburgh Gift Tree Appeal have come in from two local harbour sources.
Buchanhaven Harbour donated £500 to the appeal as one of its beneficiaries from this year’s hugely-successful open day.
And long-term supporter of Gift Tree - Peterhead Port Authority - has once again supported the appeal with a £250 donation which will help fund the vital food hamper element.
Ken Duncan of Peterhead Projects, which is again coordinating the Gift Tree, said: “On behalf of all the partner agencies working within the GiftTree Appeal, I would like to thank Buchanhaven Harbour and Peterhead Port Authority for their generous early support.
“The Gift Tree support families and individuals across every aspect of our community but it can only continue if we receive the support of businesses and organisations such as the Port Authority and Buchanhaven Harbour.”
In a fresh appeal to all those businesses who have been contacted on behalf of the appeal, Mr Duncan said: “We appreciate that many firms will be experiencing difficult trading conditions at present, but if you can help us by making a donation or hosting a food drive it would be hugely-appreciated.”
One of the most important initiatives of its kind in the North-east, the Gift Tree Appeal provides local families and individuals across Buchan with a little bit of extra support during the festive period.
Last year, local generosity saw more than 600 referrals provided with Gift Tree assistance to the tune of around £35,000 in terms of gifts and food support.
A total of 360 hampers were produced thanks to financial donations and food collections to meet the demand in the Peterhead, Fraserburgh and wider Buchan area.
To make a donation, host a gift tree or a food drive, contact Ken on 01779 478950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.