After a difficult year we want to reach out to the people who are suffering the most and bring joy and hope into their lives this Christmas
Thousands of people will turn to The Salvation Army for help this winter. In over 650 communities across the UK we will be rolling up our sleeves and doing all we can for them.
We want to be there for all the people who are facing poverty because they have lost their jobs and livelihoods. For the families struggling to feed their children. For the older people in our communities who have never felt as lonely as they do now. For the people who are homeless and trying to get back on their feet. The pandemic and lockdown restrictions mean that this year will be different, but The Salvation Army is battling on to deliver Christmas.
What we are doing this Christmas
Just some of the ways we will be supporting people at Christmas this year:
- Providing ‘meals on wheels’ Christmas lunches and companionship to older people living alone
- Giving Christmas food parcels to families who are struggling to afford a proper Christmas lunch
- Distributing modest toys to children whose parents are unable to afford presents this Christmas.
We are also battling to protect thousands of rough sleeps with nowhere to turn by:
- Developing new initiative nap pads providing hot food, blankets and hygiene kits
- Running drop in day centres with access to specialist help
- Working with local authorities to seek alternatives to night shelter provision.
"We had nothing to give the children on Christmas Day until you arrived with your parcel of food and toys. I’ll never forget the kids’ squeals of delight when they opened their presents."
Sophie, Mother of a family on a very low income.