Salvation Army thank community effort to help those in need at Christmas

Scarborough's Salvation Army team pack presents ready for Christmas .Lt Lorna Weston and Chris Chamberlain work hard packing gifts. pic richard ponter 155211
Scarborough's Salvation Army team pack presents ready for Christmas .Lt Lorna Weston and Chris Chamberlain work hard packing gifts. pic richard ponter 155211

The Salvation Army in Scarborough has been putting the final touches in place to make sure people who may find themselves in need at Christmas are cared for.

The church organises regular get-togethers and meals over the Christmas period each year to make sure people are not alone.

Last Thursday, a Christmas lunch was held for homeless people who attend the drop-in session every Thursday between 6pm and 8pm.

The church is also supporting 25 families with Christmas food hampers and toys.

For 40 older and vulnerable people, who might have otherwise found themselves alone, a lunch is being held in the Alma Parade Citadel on Christmas Day. Lieutenant Lorna Weston said the community has come out full of Christmas spirit to volunteer.

“On Thursday we had about 15 or 16 volunteers, again we have got the same amount of volunteers on Christmas Day.

“We have volunteers to help wrapping parcels as everyone who comes to the drop-in will go home with a parcel.”

Lt Weston would like to thank everyone who has supported the Salvation Army and wish them a happy Christmas.

“It’s just amazing how supportive the people of Scarborough have been.

“I’d like to thank them all very, very much for the help and support they give us, not just at Christmas but throughout the year.” Everyone can help or get involved by fundraising or 
donating items that can be given to those in need, such as food, bedding and warm clothing.

The Salvation Army’s Christmas morning service will be held at 10.30am.