Christmas present appeal gets off to a flying start

The Salvation Army are asking people to donate toys for their annual Christmas toy Appeal. Pictured is Captain Anne Crane.  Picture: Liz Mockler D1059LM
The Salvation Army are asking people to donate toys for their annual Christmas toy Appeal. Pictured is Captain Anne Crane. Picture: Liz Mockler D1059LM

A CAMPAIGN to bring Christmas cheer to hundreds of under-privileged youngsters has got off to an amazing start, thanks to generous Free Press readers.

We have teamed up with the Salvation Army for its annual appeal after it was revealed that around 600 youngsters in Doncaster face the prospect of having nothing to unwrap on Christmas morning.

And already the Salvation Army has said it has received around 200 gifts - a three-fold increase on past years.

Doncaster Rovers have also pledged their support this week and are currently working on a plan to ensure youngsters can go to a match free of charge after Christmas.

The boost follows the news that former DFS boss Lord Kirkham is pledging £6,000 towards the appeal.

Martin Wileman, community services manager for The Salvation Army in Doncaster, said: “The response from members of the public in Doncaster has been tremendous and we are so grateful for their support.

“The very generous donation from Lord Kirkham and an increasing flow of donated gifts means we are well on track to bringing a smile to hundreds of young faces this Christmas time.

“The news that Doncaster Rovers FC is also supporting the Christmas Present Appeal is a fabulous addition to the cause and I’m sure that many of the children will have a great day out cheering on the team.”

Until December 16, members of the public can drop off unwrapped, new, gifts for children aged 0 to 16 at Superdrug stores in the Frenchgate Centre or Waterdale, both in Doncaster town centre.

Alternatively drop them off at the Salvation Army’s Lakeside Community Church, in Booth Avenue, near The Dome.