Now in its 35th year, the Salvation Army is again coordinating a gift appeal that aims to provide appropriate presents for people who would otherwise struggle at Christmas.
With the current uncertain economic climate and rising living costs, the charity expects the identified need to be more widespread than ever this year.
The Salvation Army Church and community hub on Salt Lane is the focal point for the collection. Members of the public are invited to leave new unwrapped gifts for the charity to distribute in the community, perhaps making Christmas special for people who are facing financial hardship or loneliness.
“We are so blessed to be at the heart of such a kind and thoughtful area,” said Captain Martin Davison, leader of Salisbury Salvation Army. “Each year that we have run this effort, we never fail to be surprised by how generous folk are, even children seem to understand that giving a small gift for another young person will make their Christmas better.”
How you can help
From November, the doors of Salisbury Salvation Army will be open from 10am until 2pm from Monday through to Saturday for new gifts to be left. If you are unsure what to purchase, the charity is happy to accept cash donations so they can buy the items that are appropriate to who they are supporting.
Gifts for more mature members of the community are also welcome as the Church tries to also support people living alone or in difficult circumstances. Items of non- perishable food are also needed, especially the kind that can make Christmas special like sweets and biscuits.
“We are so grateful to the health visitors, family workers, social workers and housing officers who help us identify those people who most need support. These kind and dedicated people collect the donated items from us and take them to their client’s homes discreetly so that they can have some Christmas cheer and perhaps get a lift and some joy at this special time of year,” added Captain Martin.
The Charity abides by strict codes of safeguarding so that the donated gifts are only distributed by people who are employed by the local authority or health service to protect the identity of the recipients. The doors of the Salvation Army remain open for donations until Christmas Eve.