The Salvation Army in is calling on the community to donate new toys to its Christmas Present Appeal and support families who will struggle to make ends meet over the festive season.   

 Every year The Salvation Army asks people to donate new toys and gifts for children whose families cannot put food on the table, heat their homes or pay their bills.   

Last year, Whitehaven Salvation Army distributed gifts to over 50 children and the church and charity fears more people will need support this year.  

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Salvation Army church leader Major Steven Watson said: “Helping a parent provide a gift for their child is more than just financial support, it brings the joy of Christmas into their home.

"We have seen the devastating effect of the cost of living crisis. People are really struggling and so we are doing what we can to relieve the pressure this Christmas.  

The church on Catherine Street, Whitehaven will be collecting donations of new unwrapped toys until Wednesday, December 20.