Giving is much more pleasant than receiving
A HUGE collection of toys, sweets, gifts and goodies donated by kind-hearted Kentish Express readers has been collected by the Salvation Army from our offices.
Delighted Val Barclay, of the Salvation Army, accepted the donations made to the joint Christmas Present Appeal.
On Tuesday she came to our North Street offices to pick up the hundreds of gifts already donated so far by generous readers.
And if you haven’t made a donation yet but want to there’s still time as until tomorrow (Friday) new, unwrapped gifts or other treats for needy children and families to enjoy this Christmas can be dropped off at our offices.
Readers can also donate gifts at both Superdrug stores in Park Mall and County Square.
Mark Scott senior leader of the Salvation Army in Ashford said: “We are very grateful to all the readers of the Kentish Express who have donated to our Christmas appeal for 2009.
“We feel encouraged and blessed that people think to give to others at Christmas and we are delighted to be able to pass on this generosity to those who require support.”
Donated gifts will help light up the lives of those in need this Christmas.
And the second part of the Salvation Army’s Christmas effort is a dinner for the homeless and elderly on Christmas Day at East Stour Primary School.
Among the volunteers helping out on the day will be Devsiri Hewavidana of Smithy Drive, Kingsnorth – who many readers will remember runs a charity helping those who lost everything in the tsunami in Sri Lanka five years ago.
Father-of-three Mr Hewavidana, as well as donating gifts to the appeal, has decided to skip Christmas dinner with his family to help out at East Stour primary on Christmas Day.
The manufacturing engineer said: “I was very heartened to read in the Express about all the good work you are doing for people in need in Ashford over Christmas.
“It must be a struggle for many people to put food on the table let alone buying presents for children.
“I fully agree that giving is much more pleasant than receiving and extremely fulfilling and rewarding.
“You all are doing a wonderful thing by thinking about others at Christmas time.”