Friday, 19 December 2008

The Children's Christmas Book Tree scheme - Donate a book this Christmas in Scotland

Blackwell's Bookshop on South Bridge, Edinburgh, are working with City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh Women's Aid and Edinburgh Young Carers to help make Christmas a little better for disadvantaged local children. The Children's Christmas Book Tree scheme means that children who will be living in difficult circumstances at Christmas, who have caring responsibilities beyond their years or those who won't be at home for Christmas and will have few personal possessions, will each receive a book to treasure.

The children have each put their Christmas wishes for a book on a gift tag which is then hung on a Christmas tree in the store. All you need to do is choose a book which you think the child will really appreciate, from dinosaurs to fairies, Jacqueline Wilson to James and the Giant Peach. Staff in the children's department will be more than happy to help with selections.

After you pay for the chosen book you leave it with staff in store who will ensure that it gets wrapped, before being distributed to the right child for Christmas day.

If you are keen to donate a book, there's not much time left: the scheme finishes on 21st December. The scheme has been so successful, said the shop staff, that there are not many tree tags left, but any further books bought will go to a local children's home, which needs books for all age groups. This weekend is 25% off children's books - so what are you waiting for?

Those of you who can't make it to the store can ring Blackwell's on +44 (0)131 622 8222, ask to speak to the children's department, and donate a book over the phone. And this year you'll be supporting two great causes simultaneously - the children in need and the publishing industry in a tough economic climate.

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