Instant Neighbour was joined by the Lord Provost on Thursday 12th November to officially launch their 25th Giving Tree Christmas Appeal.
The Annual Giving Tree appeal distributes new toys to young people across the North East of Scotland who otherwise would not receive a gift at Christmas.
Instant Neighbour expects to distribute around 6000 new gifts, donated by the public, this year to young people though out the North East from as far north as Elgin to Laurencekirk in the south.
Commenting on the appeal launch, Instant Neighbour Chief Executive Sophy Green said:
“Can you imagine not receiving a present this Christmas? The Giving Tree is vital for thousands of young people across the North East, providing them with a Happy Christmas. Over the years we have been overwhelmed at the generosity of the public, without their support we simply could not delight so many. This year we are asking people to focus their gift purchase on teenagers. Each year we find we receive fewer donations for this age group as they can be the hardest to provide gifts for. However, help is at hand on our website where we have some great ideas and suggestions for gift donations.
Sophy added: “Our appeal requires a great deal of organisation and I can’t thank our volunteers enough who help sort and distribute the gifts. I would also like to thank our main sponsors Chevron who give so generously to the Appeal and have done throughout its 25 year history.”
Lord Provost George Adam, said: “Christmas can be a very difficult time of year for some families and I’d ask people to pick up a tag from the tree and buy a gift to help bring smiles to homes across our communities. It is a joyful time of year and the Giving Tree spreads that feeling with the help of the very generous citizens of Aberdeen.”
Laura Easton, Chevron Upstream Europe’s Stakeholder Engagement and Social Investment Advisor, added: “Chevron supports its local communities by partnering with organisations that are focused on health, education and economic development. We have been working with Instant Neighbour for over 25 years and we are pleased to be supporting an organisation that provides practical help, advice and support, through initiatives like the Giving Tree, to help people living in our local communities.”
The Giving Tree appeal will run from the 12 November until 4 December. People from across the North East are asked to take a gift tag from one of the Christmas Trees displayed throughout the City. The tag will feature the name and age of a young person to buy a new gift for which should then be wrapped and returned, with tag attached, to one of the stores listed on the tag by Friday 4 December.
For more information please contact Alex Reid, Giving Tree Coordinator, on 01224 489955.