A CHARITY has launched its Christmas appeal which aims to help families in need over the festive period.

The Salvation Army, in Harwich, delivered gifts for 120 families last Christmas and hopes, with the support of the community, it can do the same this year.

All donations will be used to buy gifts for a local family who has been referred to The Salvation Army by Social Services.

Sarah Louise Glander, who is part of the fundraiser, said: “We are trying to raise money with The Salvation Army in Harwich to help families in need over the Christmas period.

“We want to be there for all the people who are facing poverty because they have lost their jobs and livelihoods.

“For the families struggling to feed their children.

“For the older people in our communities who have never felt as lonely as they do now.

“For the people who are homeless and trying to get back on their feet.

“The pandemic and lockdown restrictions mean that this year will be different, but The Salvation Army is battling on to deliver Christmas.

“Please donate so we can distribute modest toys to children whose parents are unable to afford presents this Christmas.”

Organisers hope to raise £1,950.

To donate visit https://bit.ly/3kAV2XQ.

To find out more go to salvationarmy.org.uk/harwich.