North Ayrshire Foodbanks is very grateful to Glasgow Spirit of Christmas and the many people who donated groceries and toys at the Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow this evening.

The venue was host to the Scottish Comedian of the Year Grand Final, and admission to the event was given in return for a children’s Christmas toy or a Christmas dinner food bank parcel.

North Ayrshire Foodbanks was lucky enough to be one of the charities to benefit from the audience’s very generous donations. They would like to extend our thanks to Julie Griffen and Glasgow’s Spirit of Christmas for their hard work and kindness.

Speaking to STV, Julie, founder of the group, said: “Glasgow’s Spirit of Christmas is being created to raise awareness regarding children living in poverty.

“As many as one in five children lives in poverty in Scotland and we felt that as much as organisations and charities are doing an amazing job to help children in those circumstances, we felt that something needed to be done at Christmas.”

Julie added: “Christmas is such a special time for everyone but especially for children and we felt that a lot are missing out, so really this is a community appeal.

“We are asking everyone in their community to think about children in poverty of Christmas and help us raise as many gifts as we can to brighten the lives of children right across Scotland.”

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