BIG-HEARTED Brighouse people have pulled out all the stops to make sure Christmas Day will be a happy one for hundreds of less fortunate families.
As well as donating hundreds of gifts and toys for the Salvation Army Toy Appeal there has also been generous donations to buy presents.
Officers in charge at Brighouse Salvation Army, Majors David and Ann Radford said they were delighted with the response.
“It has been brilliant, better than what we were expecting,” said Major Ann Radford. “We have had lots of donations of toys and money which has enabled us to make up the toys for the right child. We have probably enough presents for more than 200 children.”
Toys have been left at the Salvation Army Citadel in King Street, Superdrug in Commercial Street, Boyes Store in King Street and Baggy2shoes at Bradford Road (opposite Natwest Bank) since the appeal was launched in November.
“There is more needy children than ever before. We have had pupils from Rastrick High School helping to wrap presents and volunteers from the Salvation Army there. Some of the presents have already been delivered and they will all be done by the end of the week.
“Some of the donations have been very generous but all in all we have probably had the same response as in previous years which considering the fact that we have been in a recession is good,” she said.
“Some people have chosen to give vouchers and money so we can go out and buy presents for children of a certain age but we have certainly a good number and are very pleased with the response.
“We are thankful to the people of Brighouse and Rastrick who have donated. It has been lovely.”
She said that people can still donate presents until the end of the week and should ring 077279974130 to make sure someone is around at the Citadel.
Mayor Radford would like to thank all the shops who agreed to collect the gifts, the shopkeepers, schools, doctors surgeries and everyone who has been involved.
All the presents will be distributed to families mainly within Brighouse and Rastrick.