Donated gifts are dished out to hard-up families

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VOLUNTEERS for a good cause are busy dishing out gifts to families after Dacorum people gave generously to an annual Christmas appeal.

Last month The Salvation Army in Hemel Hempstead urged shoppers to purchase an extra present to help out families who are facing tough financial times.

Now the gifts are being dropped off at homes to ensure little ones do not go without this Christmas.

Tim Johnson from the charity said: “We did very well. There was a good response.”

Helpers with the church group will serve up around 160 festive meals to people in need on Christmas day.

Of those, around 60 will be delivered to people’s doors while another 100 people will visit the church in Waterhouse Street for a festive get together.

Worship starts at 10.30am and then the hall will be open to everyone to share a meal.

Diners will get treated to a three-course lunch, carols, mince pies and will get to watch the Queen’s Speech on TV.