Donside MSP, Mark McDonald is participating in this year’s Giving Tree by opening his constituency office to be used as a collection point for Giving Tree gift tags and a drop off point for gifts.
Every year, Instant Neighbour asks the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire public to give presents to support children living in poverty in the North East by donating Christmas gifts which they would not otherwise receive. In addition to gifts, Instant Neighbour are also looking for donations of selection boxes.
Mr McDonald’s office is located at 825-827 Great Northern Road near the Haudagain Roundabout and anyone wishing to donate to either cause can contact his office on 01224 789457 for further details.
Mark’s office will be accepting donations during office hours, 9am-5pm Monday to Friday until the 4th December. Gifts can also be dropped off at locations around the city and shire including Instant Neighbour.
Commenting Mark said:
“I have opened up my office to be used as a Giving Tree pick up and drop off point to allow residents of Aberdeen to take part in this excellent community initiative.
“My office has received an overwhelming amount of donations since opening up as a back to school bank drop off point in August and donations are still welcome and needed, particularly so as the weather gets colder and for pupils returning to school after the Christmas and New Year break.
“In opening up my office as a donation point, I’m hoping that it will go some way towards ensuring that children who otherwise wouldn’t get a gift will get one this Christmas.”
"A massive thank you to everyone who has donated to the Giving Tree appeal at my office.
"The presents that have been donated will now be passed on to Instant Neighbour to distribute to children who would otherwise face missing out on presents at Christmas.
It underlines the generosity of spirit in the city at this time of year.
Please find links to Instant Neighbour’s Giving Tree and the Back To School Bank below which contains information on what donations are needed.
Please find Mark McDonald’s parliamentary motion on the Giving Tree below:
Motion S4M-14831: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/11/2015
That the Parliament welcomes the Instant Neighbour’s Giving Tree Appeal, which is sponsored by Chevron and supported by many local businesses, organisations and members of the general public; understands that Instant Neighbour intends to distribute new toys to children across Aberdeen City and Shire who otherwise would not receive a gift at Christmas; notes that Instant Neighbour works alongside social work departments, community projects and similar organisations to support parents and families living in very difficult situations and that the appeal aims to assist those families who are unable to buy their children Christmas gifts; hopes that the appeal will be a resounding success, and believes that it will put a smile on the faces of many children this Christmas.