CLYDEBANK pupils are leading the way in helping ensure families get enough food and toys to make for a special Christmas ahead.

Schools across the town have been involved with West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare and Linnvale Primary is one trying a new approach with a “reverse advent calendar”, where the public donates gifts daily, rather than receiving treats.

Primary seven pupil Max Manderson has been appointed foodbank ambassador and said the school believes all children have a right to food and water and want to see a world without poverty or hunger.

He sent a letter to parents about the reverse advent calendar, running until December 15. And he said the response has been amazing.

Max told the Post: “The box was overflowing with food and toys within a week of the letters being issued.

“Iain from the foodshare came and I introduced myself to him and helped pack up the donations and carry them to the van.

“We filled about half the van. I felt awesome because I am happy to help other children and families.

“I feel this is a very important role and I want to keep this going. In fact I have lots of plans and ideas for next year and how we can keep regularly supporting the foodbank as it makes me sad that people around about have little or no food and I want to stop it.

“I would encourage all the Clydebank Post readers to donate whenever you see a trolley or box for West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare, especially at this time of year.

“Together I know we can make a difference.”

Clair Coyle, trustee at the foodshare, said: “We would like to thank Linnvale Primary School for supporting our Christmas appeals.

“The school has been very supportive of our charity and the children engaged very well when we visited to speak to them about the work we do.

“We have had a fantastic response from many schools in the local authority.”

The foodshare said they were looking for new toys for children aged up to 17 for their Christmas Toybank as well as a number of food donations for individuals and families: Tinned veg, beans, spaghetti, potatoes, spag bol, ravioli; Pasta sauce, curry sauce, sweet and sour sauce; rice and pasta; cereals; tinned meat and pies; soups; small selection packs; toiletries; and baby wipes.

Food and toy donations can be made at Sainsburys Drumchapel, Asda Clydebank, Aurora House, Titan House, Clydebank Citizens Advice Bureau, and Knowes Housing Association in Faifley.

West College Scotland and the Golden Jubilee are taking food donations and Keystore in Kilbowie Road and Faifley Road have money donation buckets.