Eastleigh’s Salvation Army is appealing for Christmas presents so that local families who are struggling to buy gifts for their children can make sure there is a surprise for them under the Christmas tree this year.
Commissioner Charles Swansbury of The Salvation Army’s Southern Division said:
The Christmas Story inspires us as a church to reach out to those in need, so we’re running our annual Christmas Present Appeal this year to help ensure that every child in Hampshire gets to open a present on Christmas day.
We’re asking for brand-new, unwrapped toys or gifts so the families we support and their children feel extra special on Christmas day. Anyone can donate gifts, but if you have children, grandchildren, or children you support, think about what they might like in their Christmas stocking and consider buying an extra present and donating it to our appeal this year.
Eastleigh and Hedge End residents are invited to donate a new unused toy for a child aged 0 to 16 years old at the following Salvation Army locations:
- The Salvation Army, Eastleigh Corps, Blenheim Road, Eastleigh SO50 5SD;
- The Salvation Army, Hedge End Corps, Church and Community Centre, 85 Whites Way, Hedge End, Southampton SO30 2GL
The Salvation Army will wrap, sort and distribute the gifts to children and families in the area through The Salvation Army’s own networks, local groups, and social services.
Gifts can include anything from soft and educational toys for the very youngest child, to games, toys and accessories for older children.
Gift ideas for children and young people:
- 0-3 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
- 13-16 years: CDs, DVDs, books, toiletries (please try to ensure non-allergic ingredients if possible), gloves, scarves, hats and other fashion accessories.