Salvation Army Preston calls for gifts for babies



The Salvation Army needs more baby friendly gifts. Photo: Pixabay / publicdomainpictures

The Salvation Army invites people to add an extra gift to their shopping list this Christmas to support families in need.



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They especially need help with those with babies.

Through its annual Christmas gift appeal, the church and association have collected new, unwrapped gifts to provide toys to vulnerable children on Christmas morning, but as the appeal draws to a close there is has a dearth of gifts for babies.

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Captain Debbie Eaton, Salvation Army Co-Chief in Preston said: “We are always overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Preston and their community spirit and although we have plenty of gifts for the two year olds and plus, these are the babies who we have a hard time providing gift packages for.

“When it comes to Christmas gifts, many think of toys and young children, which unfortunately makes very young babies forget.

“Crib mobiles, baby clothes and even books can be very important gifts for a baby in his early stages of life, when he is going through important stages of learning and growth.

“We are truly grateful to anyone who can help us shine a light on a baby’s Christmas, many of whom this year will be their first. ”

Anyone who can give a gift to a child 12 months of age or younger is encouraged to participate in the appeal and drop off a new unwrapped gift at the church and community center located on Harrington Street, Preston, by Friday, December 17.

The Salvation Army will then wrap and distribute the gifts through its own referrals, networks and social services.

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