Lit­tle help from you will go a long way for needy

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Thom Mor­ris tmor­ris@thek­m­

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@ sal­va­tion­

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

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