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Christmas NOT Cancelled, says Salvation Army

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Despite a global pandemic and a national lockdown, The Salvation Army in York has announced that it has no plans to cancel Christmas for those it helps during the Christmas period.

“For many years, The Salvation Army has supported local families at Christmas with additional food and gifts for children.   This year, there’s a danger that Covid could rob us of the joy of Christmas” said Andrew Dunkinson, the York Salvation Army Officer.  “We know things will be difficult this year, but we will do our best to ensure no disadvantaged family dreads waking up on Christmas Day”    

Andrew added: “Last year, we provided Christmas presents to 584 children and additional food supplies to 249 families in need.  Every single gift is welcome and we are grateful to all those who give so generously to the appeal.  For a child who has very little, receiving a brand new gift at Christmas reassures them that they are special and that there are people who want to show they care about them.”

Tesco Community Champion Natalie Little and YO1 Radio Director and Drivetime Presenter Chris Marsden add their gifts

The Salvation Army is collecting gifts through its Christmas Present Appeal.  They are asking well-wishers to donate a toy or other gift at one of their drop off points, which includes Tesco Extra Stores in Clifton Moor and Tadcaster Road, from 13 November.  Current restrictions mean that it may be difficult for the public to donate gifts, so they are launching a “Lockdown” Appeal to raise £8,000.  “Knowing that donations of food have already be impacted by the virus, we are planning that we will need to provide vouchers to families when we run out of food and gifts” added Andrew.

Andrew expressed his thanks to those partnering with The Salvation Army in this appeal.  “The help of our partners is critical and sadly, some of our usual partners have temporarily had to close because of national restrictions”  Fortunately, Tesco Extra stores in the City have come to the rescue”

Clifton Moor Tesco Extra Manager, Gary Simpson said: “We are pleased again to practically support the Christmas Appeal and the families that The Salvation Army helps. It’ll be a lifeline this year”  Ben Merriman, Store Manager at the Tadcaster Road store added, “It has been moving to see how generous our customers have been in support this cause in the past.  I am sure even in this, very challenging year, we will make this a special Christmas for local children”.

Chris Marsden, Director and Drivetime Presenter of YO1 Radio added, “We’re so pleased to be teaming up again for the second year running with The Salvation Army in York, as so many families across the area will benefit greatly. We’ll be able to get the message out to all our listeners this Christmas on 102.8fm, online at and smart speaker, in an effort to help as many people, who have gone through bad times recently. As York’s local radio station, this appeal is at the very heart of what we do!”

Tesco Extra staff Emma Burnett and Melissa Morgan show their support

If you can, please donate a new, unused toy or gift for children aged from 0 to 18 years.

The Appeal runs from this Friday, 13 November through to Friday 13 December.  Gifts can be left at either Tesco Extra stores in York during this time.

For more information about the Christmas Present Appeal and all collection points, please see or telephone 01904 690697.  Monetary donations may be sent to The Salvation Army, 1 Lundy Close, York. YO30 5GQ.

As well as the Christmas Appeal, The Salvation Army is delivering Christmas to all those people who would normally attend their Christmas Day hospitality.  Due to government restrictions, meeting in person will not be possible, but volunteers will deliver bags of cheer to their usual guests.  As well as the goodie bags, The Salvation Army, working with Wiltshire Farm Foods, will enable festive meals to reach those who will miss out on the usual hospitality this year

Written by: YO1 Radio Web Team

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