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READERS’ RESPONSE TO APPEAL WILL BRING JOY TO FAMILIES AROUND ASHFORD
KIND-HEARTED Kentish Express readers have made the biggest donation to our Christmas appeal ever.
Parcels filled with gifts and food from readers have begun making their way to families who are alone or do not have the money to spare for presents.
Senior leader at Ashford’s Salvation Army Mark Scott said: “We have helped a family of three – mum, dad and a little girl – with a food hamper and toys and they’re probably coming to our Christmas Day dinner at the East Stour primary school.
“They are so grateful for all that they have received and are looking forward to Christmas now rather than it filling them with dread because they know that there will be something for their little girl to open.
“Circumstance meant that they had no money coming in and the help they received has enabled them to worry that little bit less.”
The final sack-load of goodies was picked up from the Kentish Express office on Monday by Salvation Army volunteer Val Barkley.
The gifts will be given to needy families this Christmas.
Mr Scott added: “I would just like to say a huge thank-you to everyone who has helped out with the appeal this year and to all those who have volun- teered to help on Christmas Day. Many of those who have volunteered have come as a result of the stories in the Kentish Express.
“We’ve had a
lot more requests for help from social services this year so everyone who has donated gifts has made a real difference to families across Ashford this Christmas.”
Val Barkley, from Ashford Salvation Army, collects presents left at our office