Children supported by Sense Scotland will wake up to an extra special Christmas, thanks to a lorry load of toys delivered this week.
Children supported by Sense Scotland will wake up to an extra special Christmas, thanks to a lorry load of toys delivered to the charity this week.
The Emmie Smillie Charity Foundation, set up to support organisations within the Glasgow area, donated the toys to Sense Scotland for onward distribution to disabled children and families they work with.
“What a fantastic gesture,” said Andy Kerr, Chief Executive of Sense Scotland. “Through our Family Advisory Service we’ve identified a number of families for whom this donation has literally saved Christmas. One family told their young children that Christmas was ‘cancelled’ this year and another had many of their presents stolen. Others are spending the festive period in womens’ refuges.
“It just breaks your heart hearing stories like this, but then the Emmie Smillie Charity Foundation comes along and restores your faith in humanity. Thanks to them many of the families we support can now look forward to a great Christmas.”
The Foundation was set up in memory of 34-year-old Glasweigan Emmie, who died in July 2015 from cancer. Trustee Elisa Martin from the foundation said: “We just wanted to give children a great Christmas. This is why the charity exists.”
The number of toys – for babies to teenagers – was so great that extra toys were shared with other local good causes including the Govan Toy Bank, Cash for Kids and a Christmas lunch event in Renfewshire for people affected by loneliness and poverty.
Sense Scotland works with children and adults with communication support needs. More information on the Emmie Smillie Charity Foundation can be found on their Facebook page.