Bring a smile to a child’s face
IT IS heartening to see that so many readers have responded so well to the Salvation Army’s Caring for Christmas campaign. For the last few weeks the Kentish Express has been urging readers to donate gifts, mostly toys for children, so that Ashford’s Salvation Army can distribute them to those in need this Christmas. Our office in North Street and Superdrug in County Square are the designated drop-off points for the items and the Salvation Army’s Mark and Emma Scott have been extremely pleased with the large number of donations made so far. Apart from a magnanimous nature, it is clear that what inspires the Salvation Army’s officers and volunteers is the sight of an appreciative face – particularly children. According to one volunteer, the smile on the face of a child who thought they might not be receiving anything for Christmas is priceless. Thanks to the generosity of readers, many children will be giving that smile. Good quality items are needed. This is not an unreasonable request – no child wants a second-hand item such as a half-finished colouring book. Adding a small, extra item on your shopping list would undoubtedly be appreciated. It is also humbling to think that while technological items will be unwrapped with alacrity on Christmas Day, there are homeless and elderly folk served by the Salvation Army who would be as happy with a pair of socks or a toothbrush as they would an MP3 player this Christmas Day.