Eastbourne Herald and Gazette: Give a little tin appeal

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DON’T FORGET to give a little this Christmas and support the annual Eastbourne Herald and Gazette appeal in support of Eastbourne’s Salvation Army’ work with homeless and vulnerable people.

The Give a Little Tin Appeal has been launched this year by the Herald and Gazette and Eastbourne’s Salvation Army in Langney Road.

Collection bins have now been distributed to the major supermarkets in the town and people can donate by dropping non perishable food in collection bins in all the town’s main superstores.

The tins will then be handed out to homeless and vulnerable people in the town.

The appeal is run in association with the Salvation Army citadel in Langney Road and co-ordinated by Pauline Peagam, the community development worker.

It will last until December 16 when the donations will be packaged up and delivered to people in need. It is the 15th year the appeal has been run.

Pauline Peagam, who has run the campaign in previous years, said, “We hope the people of the town will be as generous as they have been in previous years and pick up an extra tin or box of biscuits while they are out shopping and drop it in to one of our collection bins.

“There are people out in our community who will be spending Christmas on the streets or alone.

“They may not have any access to cooking facilities or any family to spend it with. We want to help bring a little Christmas cheer to those in great need.”

All donations of tinned and non-perishable foods can be left in collection bins at Tesco in Lottbridge Drove and Langney Shopping Centre, Waitrose in Old Town, ASDA at the Crumbles, Sainsbury’s in the Arndale Centre and Hampden Park and the Eastbourne Herald offices in Lismore Road.

In addition, children and families across the region will hopefully enjoy a happy Christmas this year, thanks to the Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal.

Until Friday, December 16, members of the public can donate gifts for children aged from birth up to 16 to various drop off points.

The gifts will be then be distributed to referred children and families in the area through the Salvation Army’s own networks, local groups and social services.

The drop off points are Debenhams, M&S and Superdrug in Terminus Road and Kidstuff Toys in the Arndale Centre.

Pauline said, “Hundreds of children and young people in Eastbourne have benefited from the gifts donated to the Salvation Army over many years.

“By giving a gift to our Christmas Present Appeal you can make a real difference in someone’s life at Christmas.

“Many families linked with local partner agencies such as single-parent support networks and family centres have come to rely on the toys donated through the Salvation Army’s annual gift appeal.

“For children and young people we need everything, from soft and educational toys for the very youngest, to CDs, games and toys and accessories for older children.

“And please, don’t forget the teenagers, particularly the boys who sometimes tend to get left out of such appeals.

“If you have children or grandchildren, or nieces and nephews or young friends, think of what they might like in their Christmas stocking and consider buying one extra present and donating it.

“We believe every child deserves a new gift at Christmas, and are therefore unable to take used or second hand items for the Christmas Present Appeal.”