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Christmas Toy Appeal with Dunfermline Press 2023


We are delighted to have teamed up with the Dunfermline Press once again for their Annual Christmas Toy Appeal. The Appeal provides gifts for children across the West of Fife to help ensure that no child goes without a present this year. 

The sponsorship provided by CR Smith helps to facilitate the Toy Appeal gift bags that will be distributed within the Dunfermline Press on Thursday 30th November so that their readers can donate presents. 

Kevin Eadie, Director of Operations, said: “CR Smith has been a supporter of the Dunfermline Press Toy Appeal for a number of years and we are delighted to do so again this Christmas.

“We understand that the festive period can be a challenging time for many families in our local community.

“In previous years our staff across CR Smith, FIX and Manufacturing have shown great generosity by donating toys and gifts and this year we are all proud to help spread some Christmas cheer to families across the region again.”

Anyone who would like to donate to this year’s Christmas Toy Appeal can do so by dropping off gifts at the Dunfermline Foodbank warehouse located in Unit 1C Pitreavie Business Park on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 4-6pm in the run-up to Christmas day.

500 batteries to be donated

The Dunfermline Foodbank are organising the Christmas Toy Appeal distribution this year, they will be accepting the gifts at their depot and everyone who is referred to the foodbank this December will receive a gift, in particular, the children. 

Kevin Eadie, Director of Operations, visited the Dunfermline Foodbank depot in November to meet the volunteers and realised there was more that CR Smith could do to help. 

Kevin said: “The Dunfermline Press invited me to visit the foodbank a few weeks ago and I could not believe the scale of the operation and the huge amount of effort that goes into running it. I arrived early and spoke with the volunteers who, at that point, were busy wrapping up presents which had been donated through the Christmas Toy Appeal.

“During our discussion, I became aware that there was a large pile of toys that couldn’t be given out to children as they all required batteries. The volunteers explained that they are so grateful for all the kind donations to the Christmas Toy Appeal, however, if donors could afford to supply batteries with the toys then it would be an enormous help.

“I could see how disappointing it would be for a child to receive a toy at Christmas and be unable to use it without the batteries so I thought it would be a good idea for CR Smith to buy a quantity of batteries to give out with the toys.”

CR Smith will work with the food bank to ensure that they have plenty of batteries to go with the toys.

Kevin added: “I hope that by donating the batteries, the volunteers at the Food Bank will be able to pair them with the fantastic toys which have been donated by the community and get them wrapped and ready for children to enjoy on Christmas Day.”