Kettering’s Salvation Army has thanked the public for the help given during their Christmas appeal.
As part of the Christmas Parcels Appeal almost 100 parcels of food and gifts were given out to help local families who needed practical assistance at Christmas time.
The distribution included giving toys to 200 children.
Appeal co-ordinator Garth Ward paid tribute to four local stores – Asda, Boots, Superdrug and Wilkinsons – as well as the Kettering branch of Barclays Bank, which all acted as collection points for shoppers to donate their gifts. Members of Rotary volunteered as drivers to help deliver the parcels in the week before Christmas.
The appeal was backed by Kettering MP Philip Hollobone, who said: “Our local area is blessed that for several years the Salvation Army has worked together with various other local organisations to provide Christmas presents and food to those who are less fortunate than most.”
In addition, collections totalling more than £1,200 from three Christmas Carol Services held at The Salvation Army hall in Rockingham Road were shared between Cransley Hospice and the Salvation Army’s food bank in Kettering.