Make Christmas brighter in Newry for underprivileged children and families

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Monday, November 30th, 2015
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Northern Ireland’s biggest Christmas present appeal is underway again. salvationarmy1The Salvation Army and Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) have teamed once more for the Family Appeal – which is set to bring festive cheer to underprivileged children and families in Newry. Last year’s appeal distributed over 30,000 gifts to children across Northern Ireland – all of which was made possible by the generosity of local people and organisations. In Newry, The Salvation Army is expecting to see a record number of families apply to the Family Appeal due to financial difficulties. Speaking to Newry Times, Major John Parrot said, “The aim of the Family Appeal is to make sure that no child goes without a gift on Christmas. We’re grateful to the generosity and support of the public in Newry because without that support there would be no Family Appeal.” Pauline Brown, regional manager for St Vincent de Paul in Northern Ireland, said, “The Family Appeal is a vital part of our yearly calendar and really helps us to meet the needs of children across Northern Ireland.” Gift donations can be made at any branch of The Salvation Army or SVP NI. All gifts must be new and unwrapped and suitable for children and young people – from tiny tots to teenagers. Family gifts of board games are always welcome. Teenagers can often appreciate gift tokens, CDs and toiletries. The Salvation Army in Newry will also have donation points at the following locations in Hill Street at Around a Pound, Barclays Bank, First Trust Bank. In and around Newry at Tesco Store on the Belfast Road, at 12 Margaret Street, SPACE Charity shop on Monaghan Street, and also at First Trust Bank in Kilkeel. If you are eligible for support from the Family Appeal, contact Major John on 028 3026 3537 for guidance notes and an application form. Forms are also available through Social Service Departments, Newy&Mourne Carers MacMillan Team on Edward Street.
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