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The Salvation Army in Preston launches annual Christmas present appeal

Posted on - 29th November, 2023 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Campaigns, Charities, Christmas, Preston News, University campus
A child receiving a Christmas gift from the Salvation Army appeal Pic: Salvation Army Preston

The Salvation Army in Preston has launched its appeal drive for presents and support for families who are struggling this Christmas.

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More than 700 gifts were donated last year to help those across the city who cannot put food on the table or provide gifts for their kids.

Salvation Army church leader Captain Debbie Eaton said: “Helping a parent provide a gift for their child is more than just financial support, it brings the joy of Christmas into their home. We have seen the devastating effect of the cost-of-living crisis. People are really struggling and so we are doing what we can to relieve the pressure this Christmas.

“The Salvation Army’s present appeal is an opportunity for people in our communities to embrace the spirit of Christmas and give to families and individuals who have nothing. We have been humbled by the public’s generosity over the years and hope this year our appeal will be able to bring some comfort and joy to people who are struggling the most.”

Read more: Christmas appeal to help ensure children and young people in Preston receive festive gifts returns

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The Harrington Street church will be collecting donations of new unwrapped toys until Monday 11 December.

The church and community centre will be open from 9am – 1pm Monday to Friday as well as Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7pm – 8.30pm and a Sunday from 10am-11am.

If you can’t donate a gift then financial donations can be made via a Justgiving page from The Salvation Army in Preston.

How one Broughton woman is helping

One kind-hearted Prestonians who is making a donation is Abbie Fletcher from Broughton.

Abbie Fletcher is running a fundraiser to then purchase gifts on behalf of the appeal

She’s set up a GoFundMe page and will be using the funds to purchase gifts for the appeal.

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She said: “We are fortunate to be able to five and receive gifts to one another this festive season.

“But for other less fortunate families they all dream of gifting their little ones presents for Christmas to see the smile on their faces but unfortunately cannot afford to buy presents for them.

“Any money raised will be spent buying toys and gifts for the appeal.”

Abbie has set a target of £250 for her fundraiser to assist The Salvation Army appeal.

Read more: See all things Christmas in Preston

Gift ideas for children and young people:

0-3 years: dolls, soft toys, cot mobiles, baby clothes, bath toys, , puzzles

3-5 years: dolls and action figures, cars, lorries, , colouring sets, pencils, crayons, books, puzzles

5-9 years: educational games & toys, stationery (colouring sets, pencils, crayons, school sets), , books, puzzle/wordsearch books

9-12 years: games and toys, stationery, books, t-shirts, hair accessories, gloves, scarves, hats

13-16 years: books, make-up and toiletries (please try to ensure non-allergic ingredients if possible), gloves, scarves, hats, T-shirts, hair accessories, headphones, speakers, footballs, basketballs and rucksacks.

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