Salvation Army appeal

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The Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal 2010 is under way.

Each year, thousands of families around the United Kingdom benefit from the generosity of ordinary people. Without this assistance, some children and young people would have little or nothing at Christmas.

Until December 18, members of the public are asked to drop off a new unwrapped gift for a child aged 0-16 years at B&M Bargains in Hawick, Rogersons Newsagent in Selkirk or a local Superdrug store. Members of the Salvation Army in Hawick will then distribute them to children and families in need in the area through their own networks, local groups and social services.

This Christmas, we would also like to help out some older people. Gifts such as toiletries, towels, slippers and similar gifts would be welcome. Suggestions of gifts for different age groups can be found on our website, www.salvationarmy.org.uk. Just click on the Christmas Present Appeal link.

Perhaps you could start a collection at your workplace, school, gym, social club or in your family. To arrange for collection of your gifts, call the number below.

Thanks to the generosity of people in the Borders last year, The Salvation Army collected 300 toys and distributed to around 100 people and families in this area who might otherwise have struggled at Christmas.

Captain Steven Turner

The Salvation Army

Hawick Corps

(01450 375075 or 07749 012526)