BRIGHOUSE Salvation Army is again reaching out to help children and families in need at Christmas.
The Salvation Army is launching its annual Christmas Toy Appeal this week and is again appealing to generous Brighouse people to give their support.
Major David Radford said: “With the economic situation as it is, the need will be even greater than last year, we feel.”
The Salvation Army will work with Calderdale Children’s Services, as last year, and also Brighouse Women’s Refuge to ensure that donated items reach those in most need.
Staff at Lloyds Banking Group and sixth formers at Rastrick High School have also promised to help with the sorting and wrapping of gifts.
Major Radford said: “We are asking for new toys, books and games for children and teenagers up to the age of 16. As usual we would ask people to think of teenagers and older children in particular and perhaps donate vouchers if possible.
“We would request that people don’t wrap the presents and we would also ask them to remember those in need at Christmas and buy an extra present when they are doing their shopping. Every year we are amazed by Brighouse people’s generosity.”
Corps secretary Gillian Greetham is administering the appeal for the Salvation Army in Brighouse. The hall in King Street will be open to receive gifts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9am to noon and Thursdays from 9am to 3pm.
In addition three Brighouse shops will act as drop-off points. They are Superdrug, Commercial Street, Boyes Store, King Street, and Baggy2shoes at Bradford Road (opposite NatWest Bank).
l There will be a craft, cakes and charity shop clearance sale at Brighouse Salvation Army on Saturday from 9am-noon.