EDF in East Kilbride shares Christmas spirit with local children
Staff at EDF Energy’s East Kilbride office have been playing Secret Santa to local children with the handover of gifts from their annual Christmas Giving Tree.
Each year workers based in the town’s GSO Business Park place presents under the office Christmas tree which are handed over to South Lanarkshire Council’s social work department. The presents are then passed on children in the East Kilbride and Strathaven area who otherwise may not receive a gift on the 25th of December.
Representatives from the social work department visited the office to collect the 312 presents gifted by EDF Energy, the largest number donated in one year. Staff have given more than 1800 gifts over the past eight years.
Finance Shared Services Director, Robert Gilhooly, said: “Each year our Christmas Giving Tree seems to go from strength to strength. Over the years our friends at the social work department have told us many stories about the children who receive these gifts which help us appreciate what a difference it makes.
“Christmas should be a happy time spent with family and friends but for some it can be really difficult as the financial pressures they are feeling come to a head. Everyone contributing is grateful that, working with Social Work so many children in the area will be able to have a brighter Christmas this year by waking up to a present from Santa.”
Moira Bell from the social work department said: “At this time of year some families are faced with really hard decisions and often it can be down to choosing between buying presents for their children and putting food on the table. These gifts mean a lot to the families we are in contact with and they are always overwhelmed by the generosity of people they have never even met.”