Spread festive cheer with gift donations

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DONATIONS of gifts for young and old are needed to ensure Christmas cheer all round.

Both Dacorum Age Concern and the Salvation Army are appealing for presents to dish out to the needy.

Hemel Hempstead’s Salvation Army gives gifts to youngsters in families that are facing financial difficulties, while Age Concern will hand out goodies to old folk at its annual Christmas dinner this Friday.

“Last year we had a lovely response and we were able to give well to families and really help them at Christmas,” said Major Tim Johnson from the Salvation Army

“Readers have the ability to make someone’s Christmas. Children will receive because of their generosity.”

Last year the scheme gave out 81 parcels of goodies to little ones but the response to the latest Christmas appeal has so far been disappointing.

Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at Superdrug in Marlowes up until Saturday, December 18.

The charity is also looking for a chef to serve up festive grub to the old, cold and lonely on Christmas day. If you can help call Tim on 01442 253607.

Meanwhile, Age Concern volunteers have been frantically wrapping after generous readers donated Christmas presents following an appeal in last week’s HeraldExpress.

However, more gifts are still needed before the festive bash.

Melanie Clarke, from the good cause, said: “The people of Dacorum are so generous and they have always come through every year, even when times are harder.”

Any last-minute unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at Age Concern in Half Moon Yard or the Volunteer Centre in Marlowes or call 01442 259049.