Christmas Tin and Toy Appeal launched this week

Major at Salvation Army wrapping presents December 21st 2012 E52006N'(L to R): Salvation Army Corps Officer Major Linda Squirrell, Pat Awcock, the Mayor of Eastbourne Cllr Mike Thompson, Hazel Middleton, Martina Gausden from Barclays and Jennie Walker

Major at Salvation Army wrapping presents December 21st 2012 E52006N'(L to R): Salvation Army Corps Officer Major Linda Squirrell, Pat Awcock, the Mayor of Eastbourne Cllr Mike Thompson, Hazel Middleton, Martina Gausden from Barclays and Jennie Walker

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 People are being encouraged to dig deep for this year’s Eastbourne Herald Tin and Toy Appeal.

Each year shoppers are encouraged to buy a little extra with their Christmas shopping and drop non-perishable items into special collecting boxes in the town’s major supermarkets.

This year the Tin Appeal is being extended to collect toys too in a bid to make Christmas more special for families living in temporary accommodation and who cannot afford such items.

The Tin and Toy Appeal began yesterday (Monday) and runs until mid-December. It is run by the Salvation Army in conjunction with the Eastbourne Herald.

Shoppers can donate items at both the Sainsbury’s stores in the Arndale Centre and Hampden Park, the Tesco stores in Lottbridge Drove and Langney Shopping Centre, Asda at the Crumbles, Waitrose in Old Town, M&S, Morrison’s and Debenhams.

Special boxes have been put in store for people to donate and all items will be collected on a regular basis.

On Friday December 21 teams of volunteers will begin wrapping toys and making food parcels. It is the 17th year the appeal has been run.

The donated items will be delivered to homeless people, vulnerable members of the community and families in need just before Christmas.

Organisers are hoping people will be generous over the next four weeks.

Pauline Peagam at the Salvation Army Citadel said, “There are people out in our community who will be spending Christmas on the streets or alone.

“These gifts and parcels of food really do make a difference to people living on the streets or young families living in temporary accommodation and we want to give them the best Christmas present.”