As in previous years, The Salvation Army in Trowbridge is calling on the local community to donate new toys to its Christmas appeal for families in need over the festive season.

Salvation Army church leader, Territorial Envoy Michala Lancefield said “Every year we ask people to donate brand new toys and gifts to our Christmas present appeal so we can distribute them to families whose children would otherwise not receive a gift. Due to the amazing generosity of our community, last year we supported some 200 families and 300 children with toys and presents. This year, we are expecting the number of families requesting help to rise as a result of the extra pressure on already tight family budgets. By adding an extra present or gift to your shopping list this year, you can remind families facing a tough winter that their communities care.”

Gifts can include anything from soft and educational toys for the very youngest child, to games, toys, books, toiletries and accessories for older children. All donations must be brand new and should be unwrapped.

Michala Lancefield also said “This year’s appeal will run from Monday 15th November to Monday 6th December. We are grateful to local supermarkets who have once again agreed to act as collection points for us throughout this period.”

You will be able to take your donations to the following locations:

  • Tesco Extra, County Way, Trowbridge – normal store opening hours
  • The Shires Management Office, Trowbridge- (Monday-Saturday 8.30am-5pm and Sundays 10am-4pm)
  • Morrison in Westbury and Warminster – normal store opening hours

She added “We are also providing two slots for people to bring their donations directly to our church building in Castle Street, Trowbridge: the dates for these are

  • Friday 3rd December between 4.30pm and 6.30pm
  • Saturday 4th December between 10.00am and 2.00pm

The Salvation Army will sort and distribute the gifts to children and families in the area through their contacts at social services.”

For more information about the Christmas Present Appeal, contact Michala Lancefield on 01225 752459 or at Michala.m.lancefield@salvationarmy.org.uk

Gift ideas for children and young people can include . . .

Up to 3 years: soft toys, colourful and fun educational toys, cot mobiles, baby clothes, bath toys, CDs of suitable music and nursery rhymes

3-5 years: books, dressing up clothes, cars, lorries, dolls, action figures and soft toys, colourful and fun educational toys, CDs (music, stories and nursery rhymes), suitable DVDS, colouring sets, pencils, crayons, books, puzzles, footballs

5-9 years: dolls and action figures, educational games and toys, stationery (colouring sets, pencils, crayons, school sets), CDs and family-friendly DVDs, books, puzzles, word search, crosswords, skateboards, sports equipment and clothing

9-12 years: games and toys, sports equipment and clothing, stationery, CDs, DVDs, books, T-Shirts, hair ornaments, gloves, scarves, hats

13-18 years: CDs, DVDs, books, toiletries (please try to ensure non-allergenic ingredients if possible), gloves, scarves, hats and other fashion accessories.

For more information, visit the website www.salvationarmy.org.uk/trowbridge
The Salvation Army expresses its Christian faith by offering friendship, practical help and support to some of the most disadvantaged people in our communities.