Little help from you will go a long way for needy
IF you’re about to start your Christmas shopping then how about picking up an extra gift or toy to bring some joy to children and families who might otherwise face a cheerless Christmas.
The joint Kentish Express and the Salvation Army annual Christmas Present Appeal, which we launched last week, aims to light up the lives of those in need this Christmas.
From now until December 18 readers are being asked to donate a new, unwrapped gift or other treat for needy children and families.
And we’re also looking for donations of non-perishable foodstuffs, such as tinned and preserved food, chocolates and sweets that can be used to make up food parcels.
A drop-off point is available at the Kentish Express offices at 34-36 North Street, Ashford, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm only please.
Mark Scott, senior leader of Ashford Salvation Army said each year the Cudworth Roadbased charity was put in contact with local families struggling to put enough food on the table, let alone buy presents too.
Every year the charity collects thousands of presents across the nation to be given to those who might have little or nothing at Christmas.
As the credit crunch continues to bite and more people find themselves out of work, the Salvation Army says a rising number of families are unable to splash out on pricey presents.
Mr Scott said: “As Christians we believe that giving is so much more important than receiving and we just hope we will be able to help give a special Christmas through the kind donations from people in Ashford.”
Any toys or games or gift items donated to the appeal should be new or unused please and a special appeal is also being made for items suitable for teenagers, such as shopping vouchers or DVDs.
So we look forward to receiving your donations as soon as possible please, so they can be sorted and distributed in time for Christmas.
The Salvation Army will also be holding its annual Christmas dinner at East Stour Primary School for those who are alone on Christmas Day. Last year 110 people were treated to turkey and all the trimmings. Anyone who would like to attend or help out at the event should contact the Salvation Army on 01233 643480 or email ashford.corps@ salvationarmy.org
Mark Scott with just some of the gifts donated for last year’s Christmas campaign