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Darlington Cares calls for local businesses to support its Christmas Appeal


Local organisation, Darlington Cares, is calling for businesses to support its annual Christmas Appeal by making donations to The Salvation Army’s Toy Appeal and King’s Church foodbank.

Darlington Cares, which has hosted its Christmas Appeal every year since its launch in 2012, is asking for the town’s firms to get into the festive spirit and donate toys and food for those less fortunate.

The organisation has proudly supported The Salvation Army’s Darlington Toy Appeal and King’s Church foodbank through its Christmas Appeal for the last five years.

Darlington Cares is hoping to break last year’s record and help support more than 500 local families and vulnerable people by providing them with new, unwrapped gifts and food parcels, which include non-perishable items, in time for the festive season.

Speaking about the appeal, Darlington Cares’ Programme Officer, Chelsea Johnson, said: “Each year the need for food and toys at Christmas increases.

“We want to help support The Salvation Army’s goal to ensure that every child in Darlington has a present at Christmas.

“The King’s Church foodbank has experienced a rise in the number of people needing food parcels and Darlington Cares is trying to aid both of these organisations to ensure children and families have the Christmas they deserve.”

Major Shirley McKenzie from The Salvation Army expressed the support from Darlington Cares means the organisation’s goal to meet the estimated demand for toys and hampers this year, is achievable.

“In 2016 695 local children received gifts from the appeal and following changes in the benefit system, we estimate that this figure will rise again,” she said.

“We would want to say a tremendous thank you to all who have contributed in the past and we are looking forward to partnering again with Darlington Cares in the appeal this year.”

Caroline Todd, King’s Church’s foodbank manager, said: “The support that we get from Darlington Cares, through its Christmas Appeal and volunteers, is exceptional. As we are a non-profit charity, we rely on the support from local businesses and volunteers to help us to deliver this vital service. Volunteers are priceless, and we just could not manage without them.”

Chelsea added: “This is a great opportunity for companies to help those in our community that are less fortunate, making sure that there is enough food on the table and that not one child is left without a present to open.”

If you would like to show your support for Darlington Cares’ Christmas Appeal and make a donation to either The Salvation Army’s Toy Appeal or King’s Church’s foodbank, email: Chelsea.Johnson@darlington.gov.uk. All donations will be collected on the morning of December 4th.

To find out more about Darlington Cares, its projects and volunteering opportunities, visit www.darlingtoncares.co.uk.

Twitter: @darlingtoncares and @salvationarmyuk

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