Giv­ing needy some more to cel­e­brate

GEN­ER­OUS: Sal­va­tion Army thanks donors who made Christ­mas spe­cial

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Michael DeFroand mde­froand@thek­m­group.co.uk

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).

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Mark Scott with just some of the gifts do­nated for this year’s Christ­mas cam­paign

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