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There Are Still Reasons To Be Cheerful This Festive Time

Date: 30th November 2020

It has certainly been an eventful year and one most Scottish football fans will want to see the back of, even if it’s just so we are a step closer to next summer’s Euros. 

Yet we need to get beyond that hectic festive period first. It’s a time of year that usually brings a lot of cheer to most of us but it will look very different this year. 

It has been great to see football clubs, trusts and their charities come back to the fore and offer some much needed assistance. 

Morton in the Community have come together with various local partners and will deliver ‘Jolly Boxes’ in December to Inverclyde residents and to those in care homes and in hospital. It’s a lovely way to spread some Christmas cheer. 

We have often championed Big Hearts and they too will be offering a dose of kindness to those in need this year. They along with the football club and website Jambos Kickback are going online to help out the local community. Fans are being encouraged to go to the Jambos Kickback website and donate to an appeal and the money raised will be used to support local food banks during a time that they’ll no doubt be in need of extra help. 

Hibernian Community Trust are also doing their bit to help food banks, you can leave food donations at their club stores at Easter Road and at The Gyle. They should also being running auctions and raffles to raise funds, so keep an eye out on their social media channels.   

In Fife, The Raith Rovers Community Foundation are running a free multi-sport camp on the 23rd of December for kids. 

If you are a Dunfermline Athletic supporter then maybe you could drop hints to family members that you’d like the new ‘Heroes of the Halbeath Road’ book this Christmas. The book has recently been launched by The Pars Supporters Trust and written by Pars fan and author Mike Gibb, looking at some legends of Dunfermline Athletic. You can purchase it at the club shop (Or Online) or in a Waterstones or WH Smith branch in Dunfermline. 

 It’s also nice to see more fans coming back to the stands as Christmas approaches, with both Elgin City and Inverness Caledonian Thistle welcoming supporters back to their grounds this past weekend. That follows on from Ross County doing it a few weeks back. Hopefully more of Scotland will drive the R number down in their individual regions and clubs in other areas will soon be afforded the chance to bring back fans into stadia all over the country. Highland League sides such as Brora Rangers are also set to welcome fans this weekend. 

It is also worth noting that quite a few clubs will not get the chance to welcome fans back and that those clubs may be missing that income in the winter months. 

Dumbarton FC have fantastic raffle prizes up for grabs including signed match worn strips and 2017-18 Challenge Cup final souvenir edition bottle of Whisky, funds generated from this raffle will go back into the club. While Cove Rangers are bringing the Christmas party to your home with their Virt-Yule Cracker event on the 11th of December with plenty of special guests. 

So let’s all do our best to have a fantastic festive period. We can help those in need, support our clubs and the luckiest among us will even enjoy going into the stadium and seeing a game!

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