Over 350 Easter eggs donated ensuring struggling families still smile amid cost-of-living crisis

The Salvation Army in Blackpool has received donations of more than 350 Easter eggs that will bring smiles to the faces of struggling families and other vulnerable members of the community that use its services.
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As the rise in the cost of living continues to push more people into poverty, The Salvation Army in Blackpool, located on Raikes Parade, received 250 of the eggs from local businesswoman, Cloe Martin who runs a cleaning service, Made Mint. Additional eggs were provided by staff from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) based at Hesketh House and staff at Home Start Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

The generous donation of Easter eggs will be distributed through The Salvation Army’s work with people in the Blackpool community experiencing a time of crisis. The church and charity runs a number of services to relieve financial pressures on people struggling as the cost-of-living continues to affect people on the lowest of incomes. Services include a community wardrobe, offering an emergency clothing service, and emergency food provision, as well as toddler groups and children’s and youth activities.

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Easter eggs will also benefit children supported by The Salvation Army’s refugee resettlement team on the Fylde Coast and in the church and charity’s supported accommodation for families and young people.

Made Mint donated over 250 Easter eggs to The Salvation Army BlackpoolMade Mint donated over 250 Easter eggs to The Salvation Army Blackpool
Made Mint donated over 250 Easter eggs to The Salvation Army Blackpool

The church and charity also runs a homeless drop-in, The Bridge Project, which will also benefit from the generous donations.

Captain Naomi Clifton, church leader of The Salvation Army in Blackpool said: “Easter eggs are a wonderful opportunity to share with children the good news of Jesus and the Easter story and for many of our families, Easter eggs are considered a huge treat. Some of our families are still having to decide between heating and eating, and even clothing their children so buying Easter eggs doesn’t even come to the front of their minds.

“Donations like these help us put smiles on the faces of many families who are struggling like never before and we want to send our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has and continue to donate to us and our work throughout the year.

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“The rise in the cost of living has affected everyone and many people are now using food banks and other support services when they never thought they’d be in a position to before. Our hope is to use our faith to support those struggling amongst us by loving our neighbour and bringing light in the darkness.”

DWP based at Hesketh House also donated Easter eggsDWP based at Hesketh House also donated Easter eggs
DWP based at Hesketh House also donated Easter eggs

The Salvation Army offers support on a referral basis which can be obtained from partner organisations including Citizens Advice, job centres, local schools, doctors and health visitors and GPs. Self-referral is also accepted and people can call the church directly on 01253 626114.

The Salvation Army also has a Just Giving page, dedicated specifically to its work in Blackpool which can be found at www.justgiving.com/the-salvation-army-blackpool and whilst all donations are welcome people are encouraged to donate only what they can afford.

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