How you can support Killie’s Mission Christmas

The Killie Community are bringing Christmas cheer, kindness and compassion to local people who are most in need this year. Here is how you can help.

It’s been a difficult year for everyone, as we deal with the pressures of the cost of living crisis. But of course, winter is always a tough time for older people, who may be experiencing loneliness.

Killie’s ‘Festive Friends‘ Christmas Lunch 2023 hosted local older people – many of whom living with Alzheimers or dementia, and others living in social isolation. Click below if you feel you can help us deliver positive experiences for our local older people.


Meanwhile, the charity are looking for donations to support their Mission Christmas initiative to deliver thousands of essential items to those who need them most.

Ensuring everyone in the community has access to essential food and household items is so important to The Killie Community and this year we need your help more than ever.

Last year, The Killie Community helped package a total of 324 hampers, delivering them to individuals and families in time for Christmas Day. This year, we need:

  • Soup
  • UHT milk
  • Tinned food/desserts
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Tea/coffee
  • Household items such as toilet roll, sanitary products and toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and shower gel.
  • (Perishable food items are welcome and can be donated from week beginning 18th December)

You can donate to The Killie Superstore at Rugby Park during its opening hours, or The Killie Community Hub, 11a Rugby Road, Kilmarnock, Monday to Friday, 10am – 3pm.

41 SPFL associated community trusts & clubs will work with local partners to identify people who may be feeling lonely or isolated, including The Killie Community.

The programme is expected to support around 3,600 people this year across Scotland.

Around 13,000 people have enjoyed Festive Friends in the last seven years and that number is expected to reach nearly 17,000 this year.

SPFL Trust CEO Nicky Reid said:

“Festive Friends is all about coming together to have a real impact in the lives of older people who might be experiencing loneliness throughout the festive period.

 “It’s Christmas spirit in action as we see the power that SPFL clubs and associated community trusts have in their communities.

 “Our research shows that almost 83% of people live within ten miles of a SPFL ground – because of this clubs and their associated community trusts are well positioned to support change in their communities.

 “This year 42 clubs are involved, and we look forward to spreading festive magic to many across Scotland, bringing kindness and compassion this Christmas.”