IN the true spirit of the festive season, the Clydebank Post is thrilled to announce the return of its ‘Clydebank Cares’ Christmas toy and food appeal.  

This wonderful initiative, in partnership with sponsors Smyths Toys Clydebank 
Kilbowie and Clyde Shopping Centre, is aiming to build upon the huge the success of last year's campaign. Its goal remains as important as ever: to provide non-perishable food items and toys to those in need during the holiday season. 

As the cost-of-living crisis continues to affect communities, the Clydebank Post is reaching out to the generous residents of the town, The mission is simple: to unite the community and make a significant difference in the lives of those who are struggling at this financially stressful time of year. 

The appeal will run until Wednesday, December 13, providing essential items to local charities that assist the most vulnerable members of our community. By partnering in the initiative, the generous staff at Smyths Toys in Clydebank are eager to make everyone’s Christmas in Clydebank a merry one.  

Zac Doherty, the duty manager at Smyths Toys Clydebank Kilbowie, said: “We here at Smyths Clydebank were delighted to hear that we could be involved again this year.

"Clydebank Cares gave an amazing platform for us and the community to give back and there were some absolutely amazing donations last year so we’re more than happy to do what we can to give people a place to donate and to help out where we can!”

Clyde Shopping Centre is also playing a vital role in this campaign by providing a central collection point for donations. 

Clydebank Post: Staff at Clyde Shopping Centre are looking forward to taking part in the initiative

Andrew Forrester, centre manager at Clyde Shopping Centre, expressed his delight in once again supporting the Clydebank Cares food and toy appeal.  

He firmly believes that the initiative will receive overwhelming support from the local community, significantly contributing to helping families during the festive period.

Donations can be dropped off now at the Customer Service Desk in Clyde Shopping Centre between 10 am and 5pm, Monday to Sunday.  

In case there are no staff members at the desk when dropping off, customers can contact a staff member for assistance or call Clyde Shopping Centre at 0141 952 4594. Alternatively, donations can be made to Smyths Toys Clydebank Kilbowie, Unit 2, Kilbowie Retail Park, Argyll Road. 

On Thursday, December 14, the Clydebank Post team will transport all collected donations directly to local charities, ensuring that every item reaches those who need it most. 

No donation is too small, and the collective effort of the Clydebank community can make a significant impact. 

Stacey Mullen, the managing editor of the Clydebank Post, emphasised the importance of the campaign.  

She said: "The cost-of-living crisis has pushed so many families – including many more working families and individuals – into poverty. We want to give a helping hand to those in need by launching our toy and food appeal."  

She also stressed the significance of the local community coming together to show that ‘Clydebank Cares’. 

As the Christmas toy and food appeal gains momentum, this heartwarming initiative promises to make a significant difference in the lives of those facing hardship during the holiday season.   

Together, the Clydebank community can bring joy, warmth, and hope to the most vulnerable members of our community, embodying the true spirit of Christmas. So please join us in making this festive season a time of unity, compassion, and generosity. 

Other charities or organisations interested in benefiting from the campaign are encouraged to contact the Clydebank Post directly via email (