Giv­ing is much more pleas­ant than re­ceiv­ing

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

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.”

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