Help for Failsworth families thanks to the Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal

Date published: 29 November 2023

The Salvation Army in Failsworth is calling on the community to help them support families this Christmas who will struggle to make ends meet over the festive season. 

Every year the Salvation Army asks people to donate new toys and gifts for children whose families cannot put food on the table, heat their homes or pay their bills and this year Failsworth Salvation Army has created an Angel Tree as part of its annual Christmas Present Appeal.

People can take an angel gift tag from the tree that lists the details of the child that the church and charity already has a referral for and that their generous gift donation will go on to support.  

Angel gift tags can be collected from the foyer of the Salvation Army’s church and community centre on Oldham Road in Failsworth, which will have an age and gender of the child so the gift can be tailored to that specific child when being purchased.   

Last year, Failsworth Salvation Army distributed gifts to 120 children and the church and charity fears more people will need support this year.  

Major Annette Allen, church leader for the Salvation Army in Failsworth, said: “The local community is always incredibly generous when it comes to our Christmas Present Appeal, but in previous years we have seen a range of presents donated for toddlers and young children, only for babies and teenagers to be overlooked.

"The gift tag idea will ensure that everyone who has been referred to us receives an age-appropriate gift with each tag featuring details of a child we already know needs support. 

“We think there is something beautiful and personal about choosing a special gift with the knowledge of who it will go to and for the individual and families to know that someone has noticed them reflects the love, care and generosity of our local community.” 

Donations can be dropped off at the church and community centre on Oldham Road from 10am-1pm on Mondays and Wednesdays until Friday, December 15.

The Salvation Army will then sort and distribute the gifts to children and families in the area through local groups, schools and social services.  

Major Allen added: “Helping a parent provide a gift for their child is more than just financial support, it brings the joy of Christmas into their home.

"We have seen the devastating effect of the cost of living crisis this year and know people are really struggling and so we are doing what we can to relieve the pressure this Christmas.” 

For people that would prefer to financially support the Christmas Present Appeal a JustGiving page has been created specifically for children in the area.

Local companies also have the option to give tags to their employees instead of the traditional ‘Secret Santa’ that many partake in each year. 

People can also donate through The Entertainer’s Big Toy appeal.

Customers can buy an extra toy to donate when they visit a store or shop online at: 

For each toy donated, The Entertainer will also add a toy, doubling the number for children who might go without.

Each Entertainer store is connected with a local Salvation Army church or centre who will collect and distribute the toys as part of the wider Christmas Present Appeal.   

For more information on Failsworth Salvation Army, please click here

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