Giving needy some more to celebrate
GENEROUS: Salvation Army thanks donors who made Christmas special
ASHFORD’S Salvation Army has thanked everyone who has helped make Christmas a special time for others.
Supported by the Kentish Express, the organisation has been collecting gifts for the needy for the past month, with donations dropped off either at our office in North Street or Superdrug in County Square.
A delighted Mark Scott of the Salvation Army said: “I would like to say a really big ‘thank you’ to everyone.
“We had a really good response – people donated toys, food parcels, toiletries and food hampers which they had won at work.”
Mark, his wife Emma and their band of volunteers are particularly pleased at this time of credit crunching.
He added: “I think people see the need and perhaps, some things are usually hidden but are a bit more obvious this year.
“People are more aware of the financial situation.”
A steady flow of registrations is mounting for the Salvation Army’s free Christmas Day lunch at the Cudworth Road HQ.
Mark said: “We are looking at about 100 places, though that is without the anticipation of a last-minute rush.”
A second free lunch is being held, also on Christmas Day, at the Tenterden Zion Church in the High Street and according to Mark some who are local to that area are being directed there.
To contact Ashford Salvation Army ring 01233 643480 or 01580 765607 (Tenterden).
Mark Scott with just some of the gifts donated for this year’s Christmas campaign