Give generously to help folk in need at Christmas

From left, major Heather Durrant, Bourne mayor Helen Powell and Sally Anne's shop manager Beth Grief
From left, major Heather Durrant, Bourne mayor Helen Powell and Sally Anne's shop manager Beth Grief

A Christmas present appeal, which provides gifts for those who otherwise may not receive them, has been launched in Bourne this week.

The Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal was launched on Wednesday by Bourne mayor Helen Powell, Salvation Army Officer major Heather Durrant and the charity shop manager Beth Grief at Sally Anne’s in West Street.

The appeal is to help make Christmas special for children, families and older people who have little or nothing under the tree this Christmas.

Corps Secretary of the Bourne branch of The Salvation Army Charles Green said: “In these austere times we are coming to hear of more and more people who need our help, and we appeal to the people of Bourne to support us in this venture.”

The gifts and toys should be new and unwrapped so those distributing can identify them and give them to the most suitable people.

The gifts will then be distributed in the Bourne area by Salvation Army Officers and helpers in time for Christmas.

Last year was the first time the Salvation Army ran the appeal in its Bourne shop. Mr Green said the appeal was well supported last year but said there is more and more need for schemes like this he is hoping for a good response in 2012.

Donations can be received at the Corps’ Sally Anne’s charity shop during its opening hours of 9am to 4.30pm weekdays and 10am to 3pm on Saturdays.

The deadline for donations is Thursday, December 20.

The Salvation Army is also hosting its annual Christmas Fair at its Manning Road base in Bourne on Saturday from 10am to 12.30pm.

Santa has promised to be there for the opening and talk to everyone.

The Fair promises to be as exciting as ever, with lots of stalls selling new gifts, bric-a-brac, books and games, dolls, soft toys, games and a lucky dip with a prize every time.

There will be seasonable refreshments available.

At midday there will be carol singing with all Christmas carols on the menu.