THERE are just days left to donate food and toys to The Salvation Army for Horsham’s most needy people.
Horsham Captains Ian and Sue Woodgate have about 100 more referrals this year than they had last year. As well as more gifts, they also need volunteer drivers for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
This week volunteers have been preparing about 150 parcels ready to deliver to schools for anonymous families tomorrow and more than 150 will be packed up over the next week to deliver to people’s homes on Christmas Eve.
Ian said: “We always need more presents. We thought we had drawn a line under it and then we had schools email this morning. This week alone 150 parcels will be delivered to schools, but that’s for families so you are talking about a lot more than 150 people - mum’s, dad’s, brothers and sisters - and the families are quite big as well. Some have five or six children.
“Schools in Crawley and one in East Grinstead have contacted us. That’s the area we cover.
“We have quite a mix of ages so we need toys and gifts and luxury Christmas food items.”
Rattles for babies, books, jigsaw puzzles and arts and crafts for older children and gift vouchers for teenagers are ideal presents. Nappies, wipes and other toiletries also come in useful for families during Christmas week.
Lots of people have already contacted The Salvation Army offering their time over the Christmas period, but they do still need drivers.
Ian said: “We have been inundated with volunteers. All we are asking for now are people to deliver parcels on Christmas Eve and bring people to the party on Christmas day and take them home.”