Elaine C Smith Backs OPFS Christmas Appeal
Appeal launched to ensure every child in a single parent family in Scotland has a happy Christmas.
One of Scotland’s favourite comediennes, Elaine C Smith, has again backed the One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) “12 Weans of Christmas” appeal following its success last year. Main aim is to ensure children in single parent families have toys, food and warm clothing over the Christmas period.
Elaine C Smith said: “No child should have to go without on Christmas. Sadly, some children won’t get any presents from ‘Santa’ because their family is facing a difficult time, that’s why I’m again supporting this important appeal to try and help. I know the campaign has been an incredible success and people have already been very generous, I encourage those who are able to contribute this year to get in touch with OPFS. To think that some children wake up on Christmas Day without a gift or a proper meal in 2018 is unthinkable. We want to change that and make a difference.”
Last year OPFS was able to make Christmas special for over 800 single parent families across Scotland living in poverty and would like to make the 2018 appeal to be just as successful.
A parent supported last year said: “Being supported with food, clothes and toys for my son last Christmas, I was so touched that someone really cared and thought about us it meant a lot to me. You (OPFS appeal) do a fantastic job and your support was really appreciated.”
Satwat Rehman, OPFS Director said: “With the generous support of the public, we work hard to fundraise and gather gifts to ensure we can help as many families as we can to give their children a present or even to have a special meal for Christmas day.
When parents call our telephone helpline, they often feel stressed about how they can afford even the basics over the Christmas period which can be hard for some single parents who struggle to provide for their children. The festive season is a great time for families to celebrate and have extra time together, but it is also one of the most expensive times of year and can cause additional stress and anxiety for many of the single parents we support.”
OPFS also distributes food parcels to families in need to make sure that children have hot meals over the festive period when school meals are not available. For this we would welcome any non-perishable food donations and toiletries.
To find out how to contribute, please visit the appeal page or call 0141 847 0444.