KIND-hearted Glasgow school kids have shown off their Christmas spirit by gathering donations for our toy bank appeal.

Pupils from Shawlands and Lorne Street Primary are just some of the hard working youngsters ­doing their bit to give back.

After a difficult year for children across the country, these little ones have set out to help children less fortunate than themselves – and given the adults looking to donate to the Bank on Us campaign some helpful tips on the best toy ideas.

Jessica Brown, from Shawlands Primary, said she donated the toys so “everyone has something to be happy about at Christmas”and she included some gym bags and fancy virtual reality technology.

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Other pupils – including Louise Brown, from P1 and Yassier Ul Hassan, from P3, offered beads, a Vtech Kidi Pet and face painting sets. Mariya Ul Hassan, from P6, said: “We’ve donated so that everyone in Glasgow should get something this Christmas to be happy with.”

The gifts were then collected by our partner First Bus who helped to distribute them to local charities and toy banks.

From there, they will be delivered to families in need ahead of the big day in just 10 days time.

Councillor Chris Cunningham, city convener for education, skills and early years for Glasgow City Council, said: “This year has been a challenging one in many different ways for so many of us.

“It’s heartening to hear about our schools stepping up and donating gifts for the Glasgow Times toy appeal but not a surprise as I know how generous our communities are.

“Especially when some of our families are experiencing hardships themselves so will also be on the receiving end of this wonderful appeal.

“People truly make Glasgow!”

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The Bank on Us appeal aims to reduce the stress of Christmas for struggling families by encouraging Glaswegians to donate gifts to their local toy bank or dozens of drop-off points throughout the city.

A GoFundMe page was set up to offer a cash alternative for those keen to avoid the shops amid the pandemic.

However, the online forum has now closed and donations will no longer be accepted.

A staggering total of more than £5300 was raised, which will now be doubled by Scottish businessman John McGlynn.

The cash – now totalling more than £10,000 – will be used to buy goods for youngsters in need and distributed to our charity partners later this week.

Meanwhile, those looking to donate toys are encouraged to do so quickly as the banks are set to close this week in order to prepare gifts ahead of December 25.