HUNDREDS of disadvantaged children will get a Christmas present this year thanks to the generous donations to a MSP’s toy appeal.

Anas Sarwar, Glasgow Labour MSP organised the annual Glasgow Cares toy bank appeal and said it was the best year yet for donations.

Mr Sarwar said the charity set a higher target this year as a result of greater need in communities across the city and thanks to the overwhelming generosity of people it was met.

He said more than 500 toys and vouchers have been donated to the appeal which will be distributed to children identified by two charities in the city.

The majority will go to children nominated by Children 1st and others to children in families who Glasgow Women’s aid are supporting.

Mr Sarwar said thanks to the number of donations there will be some extra to be given out to other charities in the city.

He said:” We were a little nervous because the target we set was higher. But we received more than ever before enough to support 500 children.

“It is really heart-warming but it shows there is more and more need each year and indicates the challenges people are facing every year.

“I want to thank all the individuals and many businesses who helped and donated to the appeal it has been fantastic.”

He said donations came in form Asda Govan, Cash for Kids, Lego and Rangers Charity.

The charities were delighted with the donations form the toy appeal.

Fiona McBride Children 1Sst Assistant Director, said: “Christmas is a time for children and a time for family celebrations. All parents want their children to enjoy the festive season.

“Unfortunately too many families struggle financially throughout the year, and Christmas can bring added financial pressures and stress.

“Children 1st are extremely grateful to Anas Sarwar and to the people who have donated to his toy appeal, for helping to bring smiles to the faces of children at Christmas and for reducing the stress and financial pressure felt by their parents.”

Susan Jack, training and development worker at Glasgow Women’s Aid, said: “Most of the toys will be going to children living in refuge with their mother. Obviously not everyone is happy to be there even though it is a safe place and we try to make it as happy as we can.

“At this time of year the focus is on children and the generosity of people in Glasgow has been overwhelming. It is very touching.

“The toy donations have been incredible. The children are not in their own homes and this helps make it a bit easier for them.”