TIMES are tough. Christmas is just over a fortnight away and countless West Fife families are going to find it really hard this year.

We can't bear the thought of a child in our community waking up on Christmas morning to nothing.

And so, in today's paper, you'll find a donation bag and we're asking, if you can, to pop a toy in it and take it to Dunfermline Foodbank, who will then make sure that those right here in West Fife who are struggling the most won't go without.

The Press has teamed up with the Foodbank and ExxonMobil for our annual appeal to deliver a Happy Christmas to families across West Fife.

Already, since we launched our appeal on November 17, the amazing community spirit West Fife is known for has been evident – after reading of the Press appeal, one couple has donated toys worth £150.

Sandra Beveridge, project manager for the Dunfermline Foodbank, said: “It’s starting already and the interest is there. We have a room all cleaned out in our warehouse and it’s starting to fill up already with people dropping off their donations so it’s great!”

And Tom Antram, community liaison for ExxonMobil, who have backed our appeal, said: “We have been impressed by the generosity of this newspaper and their readers with previous Christmas appeals and we are thrilled to be working together to bring some joy to families at this special time of year."

Press editor Simon Harris said: "We are here to be a voice for West Fife and we always want to champion our communities. This year, we want to help to help those in our towns and villages who may have fallen on hard times and I'd like to thank both the Foodbank and ExxonMobil for supporting us and also, our generous readers, whose response has already been amazing."