When we think of Christmas it's not just the presents and spending time with loved ones that we think about, there is also the fantastic food which helps make the festive period special.
But for some families it isn't always easy to have a hearty meal and presents for the children on Christmas Day and that's where Nuneaton 's Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal is stepping in to deliver a brighter Christmas.
On Monday 10th December Air Cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron and members of the Nuneaton based Veterans Contact Point joined other volunteer groups at the Salvation Army Hall to help pack bags of festive food and a mountain of Christmas presents for the children.
When the Cadets and VCP volunteers arrived at the Salvation Army Hall in Newdegate Street , it was full of food and presents which all needed wrapping and bagging but it didn't take long before the scene was turned into something resembling Santa's workshop. Volunteer elves of all ages were busily writing labels, wrapping presents for the children and packing food ready for delivery to deserving families all across the borough who would otherwise be going without on Christmas Day.
Major Conny Vogler, who commands the Nuneaton Salvation Army Corps, said: "I would like to thank the volunteers from the Air Cadets and Veterans Contact Point for coming along and helping to wrap the presents and pack the food ready for delivery. Many people are busy preparing for Christmas, but we mustn't forget that there are families in our local community where children cannot look forward to getting a present. We don't want any child to go without a toy or a present this Christmas, even if it is only just a small thing. It can make such a real difference to their lives to know that somebody cares."
Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron Added, “I am so glad that our cadets have been able to help out with such a worthwhile charitable activity. They have certainly shown that Christmas is a time for giving up some of their time to help others and we've all had so much fun selecting and wrapping the toys and gifts for the children. It's so good to know that in some small way our efforts tonight will go some way to Light up Christmas for so many children in local families”.
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