Salvation Army on course to distribute 500 festive treats

December 22 2017

STAPLE Hill Salvation Army is on course to hit a new record for the distribution of food hampers and toys for families who are in difficult circumstances this Christmas.

STAPLE Hill Salvation Army is on course to hit a new record for the distribution of food hampers and toys for families who are in difficult circumstances this Christmas.

Working in partnership with South Gloucestershire social services and other agencies, the Salvation Army looks set to help more than 500 children with gifts of food hampers and toys this year.

Major Colin Hylton-Jones who, with his wife Nicola, is in charge of Staple Hill Church, said that public support this year has been overwhelming

"People have really got behind the appeal and we have received some fantastic support from rugby clubs, corporate organisations, slimming clubs, other churches, students on university courses, and of course, members of the public who quietly drop in to our church laden with bags full of new toys.

"The Salvation Army Band has been carol playing at various centres including Tesco Yate and the Mall Cribbs Causeway, and the generosity of the listeners has enabled us to purchase a significant amount of food which will make a real difference to the enjoyment of Christmas for many families and older people in need."

The Salvation Army at Staple Hill will be open on Christmas Day and will entertain about 65 people who would otherwise be alone.

Major Hylton-Jones said: "I would like to thank everyone who has helped us this year. Because of the kindness of so many, it has been possible for us to improve the Christmas for hundreds of people in need in South Gloucestershire during this festive season."