The Salvation Army is appealing for people to add an extra gift to their shopping list this Christmas to support families in need.Advertisement
They specifically need help for those with babies.
Through its annual Christmas Present Appeal the church and charity has been collecting new and unwrapped gifts to provide vulnerable children with toys on Christmas morning, but as the appeal starts to come to an end, there is a shortage of presents for babies.
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Captain Debbie Eaton, joint leader of The Salvation Army in Preston said: “We’re always overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Preston and its community spirit and whilst we have lots of gifts for children aged two and up, it is babies that we are struggling to provide gift packages for.
“When it comes to Christmas presents, many think of toys and young children which sadly results in very young babies being forgotten about.
“Cot mobiles, baby clothes and even books can be very important gifts for a baby during their early stages of life, when they go through important learning and growing phases.
“We are truly grateful to anyone that can help us shine a light on a baby’s Christmas, for many of which this year will be their first.”
Anyone who can provide a gift for a child of 12 months or younger is encouraged to take part in the appeal and drop an unwrapped and new gift to the church and community centre located on Harrington Street, Preston, before Friday, December 17.
The Salvation Army will then package and distribute the presents through its own referrals, networks and social services.
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