6th December 2017 — The Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal is a nationwide initiative where people donate to their local centre any new unwrapped toys and gifts for children, families, older people and people experiencing homelessness this Christmas. The gifts are then wrapped and distributed to those in need. Having donated last year, Ms Stammers, one of the teachers from St. Andrew’s, was keen to see if the school could donate at least the same amount this year and has been delighted with the response with donations including boxes of lego, jewellery kits, art sets and a range of other toys and useful gifts.
Major John Martin who received the gifts on behalf of The Salvation Army commented: "We are so grateful to St. Andrew's School for providing gifts as part of our Christmas Appeal. This year, over 550 parcels will be given to local residents who have been referred to us by social agencies. The parcels may include toys, gifts, food parcels and food vouchers as we offer some Christmas cheer through this means."
The closing date for donating to local Salvation Army centres is mid-December.