22 December
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The campaign organised by West Lothian Council, aims to provide every adult who accesses a foodbank in West Lothian over the festive period with a goodie bag filled with toiletries. 

This year, over 2,600 items were collected which helped to make up an amazing total of 255 bags to be shared between a mixture of individuals, couples and families. This smashed the previous campaign record of 200 bags.

Schools across West Lothian helped collect donations in addition to community drop off points.

A local hotel (which wishes to remain anonymous) was also among the kind donators for this year's campaign contributing boxes of chocolates and selection boxes for distribution.

Depute Council Leader, Kirsteen Sullivan, who is also chair of the West Lothian Community Planning Partnership, said: "The kindness and generosity of the West Lothian community can never be in doubt.  A huge thank you to everyone who has supported the Festive Fiver Campaign for this year.  

"The campaign will hopefully see those in need supported over the festive period. At the same time it will hopefully encourage people to get involved in discussions around how we can address issues related to poverty at a local level."

West Lothian Council Anti-Poverty Manager, Nahid Hanif added: "We are amazed at the kindness and support for this campaign. We also want to say a huge thank you as we absolutely understand that this time of year can be difficult for many households due to various economic factors but that didn't stop people donating generously and helping others really showcasing that real sense of community spirit.  It can't be underestimated how appreciated these donations are so thank you all once again."

If anyone has any money worries the Advice Shop can help by completing a Benefit Health Check and looking at how income can be maximised as well as providing Debt and Energy Advice amongst other support. Phone 01506 283000 or visit: www.westlothian.gov.uk/adviceshop