What a credit to Cumbernauld!

The volunteer army that has given so unstintingly after forming at top speed to provide a lockdown lifeline has a special message for the people of Cumbernauld.

Cumbernauld Resilience now wants thank individuals, businesses and other good Samaritans for their “phenomenal generosity” in their big-hearted bid to make Christmas every bit as special in a time of pandemic.

The group has delivered almost 700 gifts to vulnerable people in the town who were battling the prospect of a bleak festive season and some 700 hampers are being provided before Christmas day.

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Food for New Year’s Day will complete the festive effort and it has all been made possible by your donations in a move that proves that the ‘new town’ spirit is alive and well -underpinned by the need to be a good neighbour to both those we know and those we don’t.

Cumbernauld Resilience’s Maureen Avis said: “As ever, the people of Cumbernauld have shown phenomenal generosity.

“It’s been a tough year for a lot of people but it’s really heart-warming to see what the community has achieved together.”

Her colleague Tilda Murphy added: “On top of the fantastic donations we’ve received from numerous local businesses and hundreds of residents, we’ve also had almost 100 people volunteer to help wrap presents, prepare food hampers, design cards, stuff letters and make deliveries.

“On behalf of the management committee of Cumbernauld Resilience, we thank each and every one of them.

“We’d also like to wish the people of Cumbernauld a Merry Christmas and a happy and fruitful New Year.”