Army’s helping hand for those on the street

By David Newble

Friday, December 28, 2012

 

Army’s helping hand for those on the street

Kian Williams, seven, Gary Shephard and Cavin Williams, 11, wrapping presents. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

VOLUNTEERS from the Salvation Army in Newport geared up to bringing Yuletide cheer to the homeless and lonely on Christmas Eve.

Around 20 volunteers got stuck in on the day before Christmas, preparing a traditional dinner, which was served at the Salvation Army headquarters in Pyle Street at 1pm on Christmas Day.

The volunteers chopped sack loads of Brussels sprouts, potatoes, carrots and parsnips and packed up Christmas gifts that were due to be distributed to homeless and lonely people during the Christmas Day feast.

The gifts and food were donated by Island businesses.

Volunteer and Salvation Army bandswoman, Janet Williams, said: "We have got lots of things that are going to be useful to people who are on their own or who are homeless."

Sgt Maj Roy Williams said: "Loneliness is one of the biggest problems of old age. Many local businesses have donated because the economic climate we are facing has resonated with people. We know of families who are in work but can’t afford toys and gifts."

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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