Thank you to Santa’s helpers

Jeanette Sheldrick and Morvern Finlayson at Oban Salvation Army receiving donated presents for this year's appeal.

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More than 300 children and adults in Lorn and Mid Argyll benefited from last year’s Salvation Army Christmas Present appeal.

Gifts were distributed to more than 250 children and about 100 elderly or vulnerable adults thanks to support and donations.

An appeal had gone out in The Oban Times for help.

Morvern Finlayson who first got involved in the appeal 11 years ago, said this week: ‘Many thanks to the people of Lorn and Mid Argyll for their very generous donations, Nationwide in Oban, the Post Office, Tayuilt; Kilchairn church, and The Bank of Scotland in Lochgilphead for being collection points, the Rockfield Centre for the gifts from Santa’s Grotto, and the staff at Mountain Warehouse who were the first to give shoeboxes filled with gifts.

‘Also thanks to Sheena for wrapping lots of boxes, for financial donations from individuals and Scottish Sea Farms, the council and agency staff who provided lists and distributed, as well as people who delivered gifts and finally the support and co-operation of Hope Kitchen.

‘It has been a great privilege to work together on this. This is a bittersweet job to do as we would prefer there was no need for this to be done, but it has been a delight to see how the Argyll communities respond to bring more joy at Christmas to those that really need it.’