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Mum of two sets up shoebox appeal in bid to make sure no Scots child goes without a present this ChristmasJULIE Griffin, 47, was so moved by the plight of poor children that she launched the appeal in a bid to ensure needy kids in Scotland receive Christmas presents this year.10:33, 12 NOV 2014Julie Griffin with some of the lovingly put together shoeboxes

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IN one shoebox there’s a chocolate Santa, a doll, colouring pens, a bracelet, skipping rope and hairclips.

Another contains candy canes, a teddy, stickers, gloves, toy cars and a hairbrush.

The boxes are among thousands that will be going to needy kids in Scotland this Christmas after a mum launched an appeal that touched people’s hearts.

Single mum of two Julie Griffin was so moved by the plight of poor children that she set up Facebook page Glasgow’s Spirit of Christmas.

And now a second page has been launched in Fife.

In two weeks, more than 9000 people have joined the campaign to spread cheer across the nation.

And Julie, 47, wants to encourage others to get involved in their communities too.

“People are wanting to help others in their communities and that’s the real spirit of Christmas,” she said.

“I might have started this but it’s taken off and touched the hearts and minds of people and now it’s about everyone who’s got involved.”

Julie, from Newton Mearns, near Glasgow, is mum to Zack, 13, and Jacob, 10, who is autistic.

She said: “I know what it’s like to find certain times difficult but we’re fortunate really and not everyone is in that situation.

“It only takes something to happen to change circumstances very quickly and make it more for parents to manage.”

Julie was moved to tears when reading a newspaper report about the plight of a family facing up to a Christmas Day with no presents and no hot meal.

She said: “I think parents do an amazing job and do as much as they can for their children but there are children who don’t get very much or nothing at all.

“Sometimes the choice if whether they eat or heating or gifts.”

So Julie decided to do something about it.

She said: “I thought we’d get 50 gifts, maybe 100 if we worked really hard. I’ve been overwhelmed by the response.

“I also thought it was a wonderful opportunity to include children in the spirit of giving.

“It’s a great way to involve them in putting things together and show them how fortunate they are.”

The donations of toys and treats that are coming in will be given to a number of local charities who will then distribute to needy kids up to the age of 16.
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