Gainsborough digs deep for annual Salvation Army toy appeal

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The Salvation Army in Gainsborough will be brightening up the Christmas morning of dozens of children who would otherwise have not received presents.

Every year the charity makes an annual appeal for unwrapped toys to be given to children at Christmas.

These toys were collected for a service which was held at The Salvation Army HQ in Beaumont Street, Gainsborough, on Sunday, December 6. Toys were donated beforehand and they were also brought along to the service.

Agencies, including domestic abuse and social services, went along to the service where they were able to select Christmas presents for children who would otherwise go without.

Sallie Clack, from the Salvation Army, said: “The agencies went to the front and took the presents they need.

“Each agency has a list of the children who aren’t going to get any presents this Christmas so they pick something they would like to receive.

“The children range from babies to teenagers.

“This year we had a donation from the Disney Store in Nottingham of about 60 Tiggers.”

One big hearted Gainsborough resident has helped donate bikes to the toy appeal. Paul Bagshaw asked his friends, family and work colleagues for donation of £2 coins.

Paul’s sister in law, Claire Humphreys, said: “He initially was unsure how the response would be, but to date the response has been so great that he has been able to buy 20 bikes and helmets for the appeal.

“Such generosity wasn’t expected. What a lovely gift for all those children who may otherwise not receive any gifts.

“We are all very proud of Paul, a true Santa.”

As well as the toy appeal at this time of year The Salvation Army also donates Christmas hampers.

Sallie said: “Every year we do Christmas hampers which get distributed out to people and we work with agencies in Gainsborough.

“Some of the schools have donated towards the hampers through their harvest festivals.

“Over the next few weeks we will be filling the hampers and getting them out there.”

During last year’s appeal, Sallie said one of the agencies had more than 300 children to provide for and they distributed 260 food hampers.

Captains Jeremy and Wendy Ferguson-Smith from The Salvation Army in Gainsborough helped organise the appeal and have thanked everyone who contributed.

Gainsborough’s branch, along with the rest of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, is part of the wider international Salvation Army, which is at work in 127 countries

In the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, The Salvation Army has approximately 50,000 members, 4,000 employees and 1,500 Salvation Army officers.

For more information about The Salvation Army and how you can support them visit www.salvationarmy.org.uk.