Following on from a highly successful last-minute appeal at Christmas in 2011, 25th Stirling (Dunblane) Boys’ Brigade is organising another major collection for Startup Stirling’s Crisis Food Bank and in conjunction with Good Green Fun.

The BB is appealing to the local community around Dunblane, Bridge of Allan and Stirling to support by donating non-perishable foodstuffs, Christmas food, toiletries, nearly-new toys, household supplies and children’s clothes.

The collection will be led by boys and leaders from the Boys’ Brigade and takes place in St. Blane’s Church Hall, High Street, Dunblane on Friday, December 21 from 4-7pm.

All items will help local families who need support in these challenging times and will be distributed in time to make a difference to people’s Christmases.

Here’s a list of what we CAN accept:

Tinned or dried food; non-perishable food, in particular: tea, coffee, tinned meat, tinned desserts, tinned fruit, jam, marmalade, diluting juice, cereals, breakfast bars, pasta, rice, soup, beans etc. UHT milk and long-life fruit juices. Cleaning materials and equipment (new), toiletries, nappies, household supplies. Disused crockery, cutlery and mugs. Wrapped Christmas presents for children (please label suitability). You can also make a cash donation on the day.

‘Good Green Fun’, another local charity, will also be grateful for donations of children’s clothes, nearly-new toys, books etc.

Here’s what, respectfully, we CANNOT accept (e.g. please don’t bring these):

Adult clothes, blankets/duvets/cushions, home baking, cuddly toys, electrical equipment, alcohol.

For more information about Start-Up Stirling, please see their website at www.startupstirling.org.uk. To contact the BB in Dunblane about this collection, please use the ‘contact us’ link at the top of this page or call 01786 823192 or 07767 691812.