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Festive toy push enters final lap; DEADLINE LOOMS Park Run gang and gym among the latest to help.

Sharon Liptrott It is the last chance to join the Standard's Christmas Toy Appeal this weekend.

We need all our readers to dig deep to help us complete the lists of hundreds of underprivileged children who are desperate for a present to unwrap on Christmas morning.

On Monday the stores which are acting as collection points will take down their tagged trees and boxes bearing our appeal poster and we are hoping they will be filled with toys for girls and boys from babies to teenagers.

We really could do with selection boxes, chocolates and other sweets to help this year and are short of gifts for babies under six months, 10-yearolds and teenagers.

The appeal has already enjoyed huge community support.

This week we received gifts from participants in the Crichton Park Run who took them along to their weekly Saturday event.

Michelle and Simon Beamish, of Fusion Fitness, handed over sackfuls of gifts donated by members of the gym in Queensberry Street.

Michelle said: "Everyone was more than willing to donate a toy and we are glad to help."

Kevin Jones and his daughter, Cara, brought in a bumper load of gifts donated from Father Gerald Donnelly's parishes of St Andrew's in Dumfries and St Columba's in Annan.

Many people have popped in to our office with gifts and donations including the Assessors Department at Dumfries and Galloway Council and staff from Supersave, Dalbeattie.

We are extremely grateful to everyone who has donated and for all the hard work done at our collection points.

The gifts will all go to kids who will have little this Christmas and have been brought to our attention by agencies working with vulnerable children, or those in poverty.

We are urging schools, churches, workplaces, organisations, businesses, families and individuals to spread some festive magic and show how a community can work together to help those less privileged.

We are asking people to donate new toys as second-hand ones cannot be accepted and soft toys must have their CE kitemarks. And there is no need to wrap them up.

. ?We will still accept gifts and sweets handed in to our reception at Park Lane, near the Buccleuch Bridge, Dumfries, from Monday to Friday between 9am and 1pm.

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Weighing in Simon and Michelle, of Fusion Fitness

Putting in the effort The Park Run supporters

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