AN ALVA business owner plans to launch a Christmas present donation scheme to help make sure kids in Clacks do not go without during the festive period.

The idea came from Lakyn Collins, who runs the recently-opened Beauty Boss salon in the town.

Lakyn, 25, told the Advertiser: "I wanted to run a charity event for Christmas but didn't know how to go about it.

"There are so many big charities out there so I thought about reaching out to the community to help any kids in need."

Anyone who wants to take part in the scheme can do so in a number of ways.

Those who know of a child aged 14 or under in Clacks who might need a present over Christmas, can privately message the salon with the child's first name, age, and your relationship to them.

Then, an envelop will go on a Christmas tree at the salon detailing the child's gender, age, and the kind of things that interest them.

Anyone that wishes to provide a child in Clacks with a gift can stop by the salon and pick an envelope from the tree and buy them a present.

The present can then be handed into the salon and it will go to the child in time for Christmas.

Those who donate will not find out the child's identity, and all messages sent to the salon will be kept private.

Lakyn said: "The donations will be for local kids who may be having a rough time due to family income problems, incarcerated or addicted parents, medical issues, school problems – anything."

She is also encouraging people not to feel embarrassed or ashamed about reaching out for support when they need it.

The salon owner added: "This donation is not to judge anyone, but instead to get help from people in the community and make a child's Christmas a little better."

The scheme was kick started on November 5 – just as the Christmas tree was put up in the salon.

For more information about the scheme, message Beauty Boss on Facebook, or stop by the salon on 94 Stirling Street in Alva.

Donations need to be handed in by Tuesday, December 18.