The Arbroath team in Specsavers would like to thank the local community for their support after it served as The Angus Spirit of Christmas gift collection point.

Distributed in the local community

Through a shoebox appeal, the store collected 200 gifts which were given to the local social work department and Women’s Aid to distribute to underprivileged children in the area.

As well as making the store the collection point, its director, Jamie Buchan, also donated 150 chocolate selection boxes and a number of toys which were included in the gift parcels.

Collection point

The Spirit of Christmas initiative reached Arbroath when local resident Katie Baxter and her family decided not to exchange gifts and use the money to donate parcels to the cause instead. Katie set up a Facebook group for her friends and family which quickly gained momentum in the community, resulting in the Specsavers store offering to become a collection point.

Jamie Buchan said: ‘When we heard about the initiative, we were only too happy to help Katie collect as many gifts as we could.

‘We displayed the presents in our window – it was a real talking point and a great way to help spread the word in the community.

‘The donations made a real difference to the people Women’s Aid and our social work service support and I’d like to thank the local community for all the generous gifts.’

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