Children and families across Southport will hopefully enjoy a happy Christmas this year, thanks to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal.

From 22nd November to 13th December, members of the public are invited to drop in to HSBC, Morrisons or Asda, or at The Salvation Army in Shakespeare Street with gifts for children aged 0-16. The gifts will then be distributed to referred children and families in the area through The Salvation Army’s own networks, local groups and social services.

’Millions of children and young people have benefited from the gifts donated to The Salvation Army over many years. By giving a gift to our Christmas Present Appeal you can make a real difference in someone’s life at Christmas,’ said Major Chris Davidson

Making a donation to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal is simple. Buy a toy or gift for a child aged 0-16 years and take it, unwrapped, to The Salvation Army, Shakespeare Street.  A team of volunteers will then wrap the gift and ensure it reaches a needy child or young person this Christmas.

The Salvation Army, an international church and charity, is one of the UK’s largest and most diverse providers of social services after the Government. Through its network of 800 churches and social service centres, The Salvation Army works with thousands of children and families and is perfectly placed to distribute the Christmas Present Appeal gifts to those people in society who are most at need at Christmas.

’Many families linked with local partner agencies such as single-parent support networks and family centres have come to rely on the toys donated through The Salvation Army’s annual gift appeal,’ said Major Chris Davidson.

’For children and young people we need everything, from soft and educational toys for the very youngest, to CDs, games, toys and accessories for older children. And please, don’t forget the teenagers, particularly the boys who sometimes tend to get left out of such appeals.

’If you have children or grandchildren, or nieces and nephews or young friends, think of what they might like in their Christmas stocking and consider buying one extra present and donating it,’ said Major Chris Davidson.

‘We believe every child deserves a new gift at Christmas, and are therefore unable to take used or second hand items for the Christmas Present Appeal.’

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