Thursday, 31 July 2008
East Ayrshire Council joins the Support Our Soldiers campaign
EAST AYRSHIRE COUNCIL has joined the Support Our Soldiers (SOS) campaign by providing collection points for both donated gifts and money at the Dick Institute in Kilmarnock; East Ayrshire Council Headquarters, London Road, Kilmarnock; the Collecting Hall in John Finnie Street, Kilmarnock; and Cumnock Library on Ayr Road.
Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of East Ayrshire Council, joined Marie Macklin of the Klin Group at the Dick Institute collection point this week to help raise awareness of the campaign.
[Pictured: Councillor Reid (centre) with Gerard Cairns, Library, Registration and Information Services Manager and Marie Macklin.]
SOS came together in 2003 with the aim of providing support to serving men and women and their families at home. The SOS team write to individuals in war zones, organise fundraising events and send care packages to servicemen among other activities.
Members of the public are being asked to donate toiletries, snacks, confectionery, clothing, games and books along with pharmacy items for parcels which will be sent out to British troops. Financial donations are also welcome.
Councillor Reid said: “This is a very worthwhile campaign which I really hope people will support. There have already been lots of donations dropped into the collection points, and I hope this will continue across Ayrshire.
“If you would like to help out, telephone SOS organisers Agnes Hunter on 07779 762932, or Mary Anne or Robert Chambers on 01563 534693.
“You can also visit the web page at www.supportoursoldiers.co.uk which explains the charity’s aims and how businesses or individuals can help with the campaign.”
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