It was a happier Christmas for more than 150 families and vulnerable and homeless people living in Eastbourne thanks to the generosity of shoppers in the run up to the festive season.
The Eastbourne Salvation Army and Herald and Gazette Tin Appeal saw donations of food and toys flooding into supermarkets and stores throughout November and December.
They were put into festive parcels and delivered to people living in temporary accommodation, those not as fortunate as others as well as homeless and vulnerable people in time for December 24.
In all around 152 families were given toys and food parcels and 100 homeless and recently housed people received toiletries, food parcels and other essentials.
It was the 17th year the appeal has run and organiser Pauline Peagam at the Salvation Army said it had been a good year for donations.
“We would like to thank everyone who donated to the appeal this year,” said Pauline.
“It meant we could help people living on the streets, those in temporary accommodation, young people in The Foyer and refuges as well as homeless people who have nothing and those who are less fortunate. It made it a happier and brighter Christmas for them and for that we are grateful.”
The Eastbourne Citadel will be having a Christmas meal for those in need on Christmas eve while on Christmas Day the Matthew 25 Mission will provide a cooked dinner.