Information from Councillor Martin Earl

I wanted to draw attention to the annual Stirling Observer ‘Give a Gift Appeal’ that has been running since 2008 and has grown over the years into a significant local event.

The appeal receives and distributes donations of new toys and gifts for sick, disabled and disadvantaged children and young people aged from babies to teenagers.  If you would like to organise a collection of gifts at your workplace, school or group, would like to be one of the official drop-off points, or would simply like more information, contact the Observer by phone on (01786) 451110 or email: or

Ideally gifts should be donated by December 8 although they can be accepted later

Tesco’s in Callander is the most local drop off point but there are not any others at present in the Trossachs & Teith ward.

 •Toys and gifts – Gifts should be new and unused and left unwrapped. This year please do not donate cuddly toys as the charities have difficulty placing these for health and hygiene reasons.

•Vouchers – Given the current pandemic, there is also the option of donating gift cards and vouchers to offer some flexibility to both those donating and to the charities. Please mail vouchers and cards, marked Stirling Observer Toy Appeal, c/o Kaiya Marjoribanks, Mailroom, One Central Quay, Glasgow, G3 8DA. Please include details of the value of the gift card or voucher. If you would like a confirmation of receipt, provide your name and postal address or email address.

 Among the charities and good causes which help to distribute gifts are Stirling Council’s social services, Stirling Young Carers, Home-Start, PLUS, Barnardo’s, Stirling Women’s Aid, FV Royal Hospital’s children’s ward, and Support4Families.

 The appeal also aims to respond to any one-off approaches from organisations which deal with children or young people whom they feel may be facing a difficult festive season. It also exists to ease the pressure many charities face over the festive season, allowing them to put resources they may otherwise have had to use for gifts into their other vital work.