Heckmondwike Salvation Army asks for donations from Christmas Present Appeal
With many families affected by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the church and the association expect the number of people asking for support to be greater this year.
Barracks Street Church and Market Street Charity Shop are collecting donations of new, unwrapped food and toys until Monday, December 6.
Janet Devine, who runs the Christmas gift appeal this year with Ray Mackereth and Salvation Army Soldier Hannah Ellis, said: âEvery year we ask people to donate new toys and gifts to our Call for Christmas gifts so that we can distribute them to families whose children would not otherwise receive a gift.
âFor families who are already struggling to put food on the table or heat their homes, Christmas can be a very stressful time.
âWith your help, we can help bring hope and joy to these homes this year.
âWe welcome children up to the age of 18 and since it can be difficult to find gifts for teenagers, gifts such as toiletries are always welcome.
âIf you can, make an extra gift or spoil your shopping list. You can remind families facing a harsh winter that their community cares.
âThis year, our theme is Be a Star, encouraging our community to bring light and joy to families.
âIt also reminds all of us of that first Christmas, when a star appeared in the sky to bring the shepherds and wise men to Bethlehem to find new hope in the birth of Jesus.
“By ‘being a star’ and donating to our Christmas appeal, people will be shining a light in the dark on those in need and need at this special time of year.”
The Salvation Army will sort and distribute the gifts to children and families in the area through their networks and through local groups and social services. This year, students at Heckmondwike Grammar School will help sort gifts and food packages ready for delivery.
Gifts can include anything from soft and educational toys for the youngest child to games, toys, books and accessories for older children. The suggestions for each age group are as follows:
0-3 years: soft toys, colorful and fun educational toys, crib mobiles, baby clothes, bath toys, adapted music CDs and nursery rhymes.
3-5 years: books, costumes, cars, trucks, dolls, figurines and soft toys, colorful and fun educational toys, CDs (music, stories and rhymes), adapted DVDs, coloring sets, pencils, pencils, books, puzzles, balloons of football.
5-9 years: dolls and figurines, educational games and toys, stationery (coloring sets, pencils, pencils, school kits), family CDs and DVDs, books, puzzles, crosswords, skateboards, sports equipment and clothing.
9-12 years old: games and toys, sports equipment and clothing, stationery, CDs, DVDs, books, T-shirts, hair ornaments, gloves, scarves, hats.
13-18 years old: CDs, DVDs, books, toiletries (please try to ensure non-allergic ingredients if possible), gloves, scarves, hats and other fashion accessories.
Church and charity, the Salvation Army expresses its Christian faith by offering friendship, practical help and support to some of the most disadvantaged people in our communities.
On Sunday December 5 at 4 p.m., Heckmondwike Salvation Army will be hosting a bereavement service for those who have lost a loved one in the past two years.
There will also be a Christmas dinner on Saturday December 18 at 5 p.m. All are welcome, with suggested donations of Â£ 10 for adults and Â£ 5 for children.
The community song service will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 19.
For more information call 01924 408714 or send a message on Facebook – www.facebook.com/heckmondwikeSA