Salvation Army gives thanks for Christmas Present Appeal donations

published on 12 Jan 2024

With thousands of children able to wake up on Christmas morning and open a gift, The Salvation Army thanks the public who donated to its 2023 Christmas Present Appeal.  

Generous donations were made at our community centres and churches throughout the UK for children who would otherwise have gone without. 

Portsmouth Citadel was one Salvation Army church which supported people with gifts and food hampers. Commanding Officer Sarah Ilsters said: “It was wonderful to be a part of the 2023 Christmas Present Appeal. Packing up both hampers and toys for people was great, knowing that it was going to make their Christmas better. 

“There was one father who had been referred to us in Portsmouth. He walked about four miles with a young child in a buggy to pick up his hamper and toys. Our team offered to pay for a taxi or find a way for him to get home, but he was determined to do it on his own. I am certain that all the things he received from us made their family’s Christmas brighter. Bringing comfort and joy to families around Portsmouth was a joy to us too.”

Christmas Present Appeal 2023
Many children were able to open a gift on Christmas morning thanks to the generosity of those who supported The Salvation Army's Christmas Present Appeal

Hoxton Salvation Army in London had its largest toy appeal to date and gave out approximately 10,000 toys this Christmas. 

Major Sally Spry, Commanding Officer at Hoxton Salvation Army said:

“Through the generosity of individuals, businesses, and organisations in London and beyond, we were able to meet the increasing need for support. Many people are struggling to make ends meet just now, some are stuck in temporary accommodation, others are sleeping rough, plus there are those isolated and lonely in so many of our communities. 

“We wanted to show people that we cared, and through the kindness of others, we were able to make sure children had presents to unwrap, give food vouchers and parcels to struggling families, plus provide new warm clothing and sleeping bags to people who are homeless. We would like to thank everyone who helped to bring some comfort and joy to the people who most needed help this Christmas.”

In 2022 The Salvation Army distributed more than 76,000 gifts and the church and charity saw an increase in demand for support from families in 2023. 

Salvation Army Officer delivering a parcel to a family's doorstep

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