Urgent help needed for vulnerable families this Christmas

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The County Times caring at Christmas Campaign in association with The Salvation Army has highlighted hundreds of families which need help over the festive season.

The campaign which has run for the past four weeks has been a great success with people bringing forward toys and luxury food items for gift parcels and food for Christmas Day, but it has also revealed there are lots of families who need help.

Ian Woodgate, captain at the Horsham Salvation Army centre, said: “We normally deliver parcels on Christmas Eve but this year we are taking them direct to schools.

“One school rang up and said they have 36 families on the ‘desperate’ list. School break up this week so that’s why there’s a major rush today (Monday). It’s a factory here. People from church have come in to help especially.”

They need toys for all ages, but have got a big demand for toys for babies.

People can donate money, food for the free Christmas Day meal, gift vouchers and luxury food items for gift parcels, such as Christmas pudding, mince pies, chocolates, biscuits and Christmas crackers.

Donations can be taken to the Salvation Army Worship and Community Centre on Booth Way, Horsham. For more information call the centre on 01403 254624.