Youth Trust beats 100 toy target

TOYS ARE US: Girvan Youth Trust staff Rachael McMillan, Heather McCafferty, Yvonne McGill and Ainsley Donnelly with some of this year's Toy Raffle prizes.

TOYS ARE US: Girvan Youth Trust staff Rachael McMillan, Heather McCafferty, Yvonne McGill and Ainsley Donnelly with some of this year's Toy Raffle prizes.

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SANTA has come early to Girvan with more than 100 toys set to join needy local families this Christmas.

Girvan Youth Trust last week announced it had exceeded its centurion target for this year’s toy raffle – despite donations lagging at just ten gifts less than a month ago.

On October 31, the Carrick Gazette reported that, with raffle tickets scheduled to go on sale the following week, the Youth Trust was canvassing heavily to attract more new toys to its meagre bundle.

Only two weeks later their toy total had increased six-fold, but was still just over half way to its 100-toy target.

But with the hundred mark reached last week, the Youth Trust’s selection of toys is now proudly on display in the community centre window at 82 Dalrymple Street.

“We are absolutely over the moon; we’re up there beside Santa Claus and his sleigh,” said Girvan Youth Trust manager Bill Logan. “There is a lot of demand being placed on the community just now so it is amazing.”

Raffle tickets for the 105-prize loot are selling fast, but tickets will be available at the Christmas Street Party tonight from Girvan Youth Trust stalls or from the Community Centre from 5.30-7.30pm ahead of the prize draw at 8pm. All profits go to the Christmas Street Party Committee.