Still time to give to tin and toy appeal for the homeless

L-R: Pauline Peagam ( Community Development Manager) & Graham Paine (Branch Manager) SUS-140812-133446001

L-R: Pauline Peagam ( Community Development Manager) & Graham Paine (Branch Manager) SUS-140812-133446001

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There is still time to give this festive season to the Tin and Toy Appeal 2014 to make Christmas a little bit happier for the town’s vulnerable and homeless community.

The annual appeal is run by the Eastbourne Gazette and Herald and the Salvation Army Citadel in Langney Road.

Collection boxes have been placed in the town’s major supermarkets so shoppers can donate non-perishables and toys.

The boxes will be cleared regularly by volunteers from the Salvation Army Citadel in Langney Road, packaged up and delivered to families in need and homeless people in the run up to Christmas.

Boxes can be found in M&S in Terminus Road, Waitrose in Old Town, Sainsburys in the Arndale Centre and in Cross Levels Way, Tesco in Lottbridge Drove, Iceland in Langney Road, Asda at The Crumbles and Morrisons in Hampden Park.

The appeal started on Monday November 24 and runs through to Wednesday December 17.

In the week before Christmas the items will be sorted and teams of volunteers will begin wrapping toys and making food parcels. It is the 18th 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.”

Last year more than 150 families and vulnerable and homeless people living in Eastbourne were helped through the campaign thanks to the generosity of shoppers in the run up to the festive season. Families were given toys and food parcels and 100 homeless and recently housed people received toiletries, food parcels and other essentials.

The 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.

“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,” said Pauline.