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Weekly thanks readers after giving out hundreds of Christmas toy bags

A weekly newspaper has thanked readers after it gave each of them a bag to fill with Christmas toys for needy children.

The Dunfermline Press inserted an eco-friendly gift bag into each copy of last week’s edition for readers to offer donations for Dunfermline Foodbank’s toy drive.

Within three days of the initiative, readers had delivered around 200 bags of toys to the charity.

The Press splashed on the appeal’s success yesterday, pictured below.

Dunfermline Christmas

Press editor Simon Harris told HTFP: “Time and again, throughout the pandemic, we were privileged to report on the tremendous community spirit that flourishes in Dunfermline and West Fife and this is just yet another example.

“The Press is passionate about being a voice for the communities we serve and I knew that when it came to launching our appeal, our readers wouldn’t let us down.

“The response, however, has been nothing short of amazing and the generosity that has been shown in what are tough times for everyone at the moment, has been truly inspirational.

“Once again it underlines the vital role local newspapers have in terms of helping to galvanise the communities they serve, now more than ever.”

Sandra Beveridge, project manager at the foodbank, told the paper: It’s going really well and the quality of the toys we’ve been getting in are excellent and I’mm not just saying that.

“It’s been amazing, off the top of my head I reckon we’ve had about 200 bags already. Honestly, it’s been unbelievable. The response has been amazing and people have been really kind.”