Presents flood in for festive Army appeal

Major Sandra Fisher with the pile of toys the Salvation Army has collected for children in Blackpool.

Major Sandra Fisher with the pile of toys the Salvation Army has collected for children in Blackpool.

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Generous residents have ensured hundreds of deprived children in Blackpool will get a Christmas present this year.

Around 2,000 gifts have been donated to the Salvation Army following a desperate appeal through The Gazette for help.

Now volunteers are busy wrapping the toys ready for them to be distributed to families across the town who are struggling to make ends meet.

Tina Meredith, Corps Secretary for the Blackpool Salvation Army, said: “The response has been fantastic.

“We have received at least 2,000 toys. Streams of people have come in with bags of toys or money for us to spend on whichever age group we need presents for.

“The public has really rallied round so we should have enough for all the needy families, and there are more coming forward who we will be able to help as well.

“We want to say a big thankyou to everyone who has donated something and we have been overwhelmed by the response.

“There is a team of people in now who are busy getting all the presents ready for distribution.”

The Gazette reported on Saturday how the Salvation Army had a list of 1,500 children in the town, supplied by social workers and teachers, who faced getting nothing on Chrismas morning because their families are struggling to make ends meet.

But with less than two weeks until Christmas only 300 gifts had been donated - leaving 1,200 children set to miss out. Figures show nearly a third of children in Blackpool are living in poverty.