Kettering’s Salvation Army has launched its Christmas Parcels Appeal to help local families who need practical help over the Christmas period.
Throughout November collection points are open in several stores in the town, including Wilkinson’s in Newland Street, Superdrug in the High Street, Asda in Cunliffe Drive and Boots in the Newlands Centre.
Shoppers can place their gifts of new toys, groceries and toiletries at the collection points.
The Salvation Army says other local supermarkets are making generous donations of food to the appeal.
People can also drop off items at the Salvation Army Hall by calling at the Regent Street entrance off Rockingham Road.
Appeal coordinator Garth Ward said last year’s appeal meant Christmas parcels were distributed to families in the Kettering area which included more than 200 children.
But he added: “Because of the difficult financial climate prevailing in our country, we believe many more people will be forced to cut back and even go without this year.
“We need new gifts for all age groups – young and old. Please do not wrap the items – we will do that, after ensuring that the gifts are suitable and appropriate for each person. Food obviously needs to be in tins or packets with an adequate shelf life.”
Kettering MP Philip Hollobone said: “We are very fortunate in Kettering to have such an active local Salvation Army corps which every year organises a hugely popular Christmas parcels appeal.
“Thanks to the efforts of local Salvation Army volunteers and the generosity of Kettering people, Christmas presents and food parcels are delivered to those less fortunate than most. The appeal merits our generous support again this year.”
The appeal will include a special event that always delights children. A Toy Service will be held at The Salvation Army in Rockingham Road on Sunday, November 30, between 4pm and 5pm.
During the event there will be opportunity to place gifts for the Appeal under the Christmas tree. Father Christmas will also pay a visit.