Salvation Army joins with St Vincent’s for gift appeal

Meadows Centre manager Adrian Farrell and Portadown Salvation Army Captain, Sue Whitla pictured at the launch of the Family Appeal.  SVP president Miriam Loftus and Margaret Mallon were unavailable for the photo. INPT47-213.
Meadows Centre manager Adrian Farrell and Portadown Salvation Army Captain, Sue Whitla pictured at the launch of the Family Appeal. SVP president Miriam Loftus and Margaret Mallon were unavailable for the photo. INPT47-213.
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The local branches of the Salvation Army and the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) have teamed up again this year for the Christmas Family Appeal.

The aim of the Family Appeal is to make sure that no child goes without a gift at Christmas.

Gift donations can be left at Unit 1 in the Meadows Shopping Centre.

In Portadown, The Salvation Army is expecting to see a record number of families apply to the Family Appeal due to financial difficulties.

Captain Sue Whitla said, “The reality is that many families are facing tax credit cuts. Parents want to give their children the best Christmas they can, and society pressurises them into feeling that way, so they think they are failing if they don’t.

“Being able to provide a few toys takes the pressure off families. And for us, it’s also about extending God’s love.

“We’re grateful to the generosity and support of the public in Portadown because without that support there would be no Family Appeal.”

Pauline Brown, regional manager for St Vincent de Paul in Northern Ireland, said, “The Family Appeal is a vital part of our yearly calendar and really helps us to meet the needs of children across Northern Ireland.”

Gift donations can be made at any branch of The Salvation Army or SVP. All gifts must be new and unwrapped and suitable for children and young people - from tiny tots to teenagers.

Family gifts of board games are always welcome. Teenagers can often appreciate gift tokens, CDs and toiletries.

Anyone who is eligible for support from the Family Appeal, should contact Captain Susan on 028 3833 7684 for guidance notes and an application form.

Applications forms can also be obtained from the SVP Charity Shop, Unit 2-3, Mayfair Business Centre, Garvaghy Road, or The Salvation Army Hall, Edward Street, which will be open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 10am-12pm, November 23 to December 9.

All forms need to be returned for processing on the December 9, signed and stamped by the relevant authorities.

Last year’s appeal distributed more than 30,000 gifts to children across Northern Ireland. The Christmas Family Appeal is also supported by Mission Christmas (Cash for Kids).