Celtic’s Christmas Appeal has already raised £20k

CELTIC FC Foundation is delighted to announce that its Christmas Appeal has already raised over £20,000 to help those in our local community most in need of support.

Christmas is one of the most challenging times of year for individuals and families who face poverty and homelessness and the money raised will help.�

Funds raised will go towards providing a proper Christmas meal for around 150 local families who would otherwise go without. We will also provide funds to purchase gifts for younger family members.

Through this year’s appeal, we are also aiming to support local charitable organisations, including many homeless charities, who provide valuable services for the most vulnerable people in society.Celtic directors, players, management and supporters have all contributed to this year’s Appeal and every penny raised will be spent to support those in need.��

Celtic FC Foundation CEO, Tony Hamilton said: “We are rightly proud of our social dimension and the club does more now than ever in this area.

‘Celtic’s vision is to tackle real poverty, to promote equality and to ensure we work to challenge health issues among those within our local community and beyond. We do this by supporting people and assisting those in need.��

“We know that this can be a difficult time of year and we are very keen to do what we can to make a marked difference to the lives of families in our society, particularly those with young children, who find it difficult to make ends meet at Christmas. In addition we aim to continue our well-established work in tackling homelessness.’

Those individuals and charities we are looking to support through the Celtic Christmas Appeal 2013 include:

• Around 150 local families (to provide a proper Christmas meal for those who would otherwise go without, as well as gifts for the younger family members)

• Glasgow East Women’s Aid (Christmas meal and gifts for families in the refuge)

• Spirit Aid (Christmas hampers for those in need in the West of Scotland)

• Glasgow Simon Community (a Christmas Meal for the city’s homeless)

• Loaves and Fishes (Christmas hampers for the homeless and those living in poverty)

• The Wayside Club Centre (a refuge and meal on Christmas Day for the homeless)

• Glasgow City Mission (provision of food and support for the homeless)

• Lodging House Mission (provision of food and support for the homeless)

To get behind the Celtic Christmas Appeal 2013, donations can be made in the following ways:

1. Text – text ‘CELT07′ followed by ‘£1′, ‘£5′ or ‘£10′ to 70070

2. Online – HERE

3. Cash – there are collection boxes located in all Celtic Stores

4. Cheque – payable to ‘Celtic FC Foundation’ and sent to Celtic FC Foundation, Celtic Park, Glasgow, G40 3RE.

Any donation you can make this Christmas will help make a real difference to those who need it most. Thank you for your wonderful and continued support.