November 1 sees the re-launch day for Cuillin FM's annual “Cram the Van Christmas Appeal” .
Over the coming weeks they will be gathering new toys and cash donations via the various donation points around its listening area and literally “cramming the Cuillin FM van” with all your contributions to then distribute to the local children and families who will appreciate it most this Christmas.
Since it started the appeal in 2014 they have donated hundreds of new toys and gifts and have helped 131 individual children (that’s dozens of local families) in Skye and Lochalsh have a better Christmas.
This is what Cuillin FM has to say about the appeal:
Why - Because we can.
Research* has found that in Scotland today:
Around 350,000 children live in cold homes in winter
800,000 people are too poor to engage in common social activities
Over a quarter of a million children and adults aren't properly fed
One in five adults has had to borrow in the last year to pay for day to day needs.*
Hard as it can be to believe, these statistics include Skye and Lochalsh. We have heard stories of kids choosing to skip meals so other members of their family can eat. These families are here on our doorsteps and for many the Christmas season is a particularly hard time of year. We have a great platform to reach our local community and we want to use it to help ease the burden on local families at Christmas.
The generosity of the people of Skye and Lochalsh is well known. We give so freely to all sorts of worthy causes both at home and around the world. In the case of the Cram the Van Christmas Appeal, all the money raised and toys donated will stay right here on the island and Lochalsh to help local families.
We aim to keep it as simple as possible. After we’ve collected all your donations from the various drop off points around the island, we’ll pass them on to the local organisation we partner with who will then sort and distribute them to the children and families they’ve identified in time for Christmas.
We will have Big Red Toy Bins at the following locations around Skye and Lochalsh:
MacIntyre’s Toy Shop, Portree
Aros Centre, Portree
Cuillin FM Studio, Portree
In addition, we will have cash donation points in various places around the island.
e would ask for new and unwrapped toys only, please, so we can make sure they go to the right child. We regret we cannot accept used toys, even in good condition.
The Red Bins and donation points will be out in shops from Tuesday 1st November until Saturday 10th December. We will collect all the donations shortly afterwards and distribute to our partner agency here in Skye and Lochalsh shortly afterwards.
Finally – a word from local MP Ian Blackford
“I am delighted to hear that Cuillin FM is once again launching their ‘Cram the Van’ campaign to help people during the Festive Season. Christmas is a time when we should all be thinking about others and ensuring that everyone has the chance to celebrate and enjoy all the pleasures that this special time has to offer.
Thanks to Cuillin FM and the organisations who will help them distribute the gifts they have collected, many children and adults in our communities will have the chance to join the rest of us rejoicing in this time of peace and joy.
Please give generously. “
Cuillin FM’s Cram the Van Christmas Appeal is sponsored this year by Fraser MacIntyre in Portree and is generously supported by local businesses: the Co-operative Group, the Aros Centre, MacGregor’s Industrial Supplies and Pelican Design Consultants.