Bring a smile to a child’s face

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion -

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.

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