Shop to spread Christmas volun-cheer to children’s charities

Three charities that help children locally are set to benefit from the return of a Dumfries shop where people pay with kindness instead of cash.

The Kinder Shop will appear in Dumfries for one day only to give shoppers the chance to treat themselves to a luxury item by donating their time to children’s charities.

People who make a pledge to volunteer could walk away with luxury items such as furnishings and toys along with the knowledge that they’re doing their bit this Christmas. The unique initiative is the idea of The Cumberland.

In June this year, The Kinder Shop popped up in Carlisle, Dumfries and Kendal and generated more than 1,000 volunteer hours for good causes in the area, and this time they’re hoping to do even better.

Kelly Ashbridge, partnerships executive at The Cumberland, said: “Almost as soon as we closed the doors on The Kinder Shop, people were asking us when it was coming back.

“So, we’re delighted to be able to bring people together again and support our fantastic children’s charities.

“They say it’s better to give than to receive, but thanks to The Kinder Shop, you can do both this Christmas.”

In Dumfries, people will have the chance to support a variety of local children’s charities in different ways.

Queen of the South Football Club are encouraging people to volunteer to pack and deliver food parcels for families with children who might be in need over the Christmas period.

Volunteers can also help Dumfriesshire Scouts with a variety of community projects including maintenance at their campsite.

Finally, Food Train are seeking volunteer support to do shopping for families in need during mornings and evenings, including distributing food parcels.

Last week, The Kinder Shop reappeared in Carlisle and generated over 500 volunteer hours for children’s charities in the city, and the team behind the project are hoping to do even better in Dumfries.

The Kinder Shop will be open in the Loreburne Shopping Centre, Dumfries, from 10am to 4pm on Friday December 9.