Hemel’s Salvation Army helps struggling families with gift donations at Christmas

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Donations of gifts for youngsters helped 47 struggling families at Christmas.

The Salvation Army’s annual present appeal gives gifts to parents of children who are facing tough financial times.

Tim Johnson from the Hemel Hempstead-based charity said: “Once again thank you to the Hemel public who gave so generously of toys and gifts.”

In partnership with other organisations, the good cause provided 141 toy parcels - an increase on last year - so that children in need had something to look forward to on Christmas day.

On the big day the charity opened its Waterhouse Street base to serve up Christmas dinners to the cold, the old and the lonely and volunteers ran meals to the homes of those who could not get out.

Tim said: “Both meals on wheels and guests coming to The Salvation Army hall were both up in numbers - by almost 20 per cent.

“I want to express huge thanks to the volunteers who make and distribute the meals - especially Rod Cotterill who masterminds the kitchen.”