Published: 10 Dec 2014

Jennings Motor Group has pledged its support to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal by donating £1000 worth of gifts for children, teenagers and the elderly.

The appeal, which is in its 35th year and the largest of its kind in the area, was set up with the aim of providing gifts to the most vulnerable people in the region who would not normally receive a gift on Christmas day. 

The Salvation Army is in a unique position in understanding where the community needs support as it runs more than 40 corps (churches) and community projects across the North East.

Gill Bedford, Divisional Director for Community Services at The Salvation Army, said; “Our Christmas Present Appeal makes a big difference to hundreds of people across the region every year.  Without the support of local people this wouldn’t be possible.  We appreciate that household budgets are under more pressure than ever so we are immensely grateful for any support the local community can give this appeal.  Just one present can make a real difference – in this day and age, no-one should be forgotten at Christmas – no matter what their age.”

To mark the 16th consecutive year Jennings Motor Group has supported the appeal by using its branch network, consisting of Ford, Kia, Mazda, SEAT and Mitsubishi dealerships across the region as ‘drop-off’ and ‘collection’ points, managing director, Nas Khan, presented a variety of gifts for all ages to representatives from The Salvation Army at the group’s Ford dealership on Cargo Fleet Lane in Middlesbrough.

Nas said; “The Salvation Army does an amazing job helping people in the community, not just at Christmas time, but all year round.

“Christmas can be an exceptionally difficult and challenging time for some people, but by purchasing an extra gift, can make all the difference to underprivileged people in our region.”   

Gill Bedford, added: “The support we receive from Jennings Motor Group is invaluable and we’d like to thank them for everything they have done and continue to do for our appeal.”

As in previous years, The Salvation Army will not only be assisting Local Authority Social Services departments, but also many other professional statutory agencies who refer local families and those who are known to be in considerable hardship.

The region’s longest established motor dealer group is encouraging staff, customers and members of the public to make a donation.  Gifts for children, teenagers and the elderly can be dropped off at Jennings Motor Group’s branches located at Cargo Fleet Lane, Middlesbrough; Yarm Road, Stockton; Parsons Road, Washington; Eslington Park, Gateshead and the Newcastle Road dealership in South Shields.  The deadline for the Appeal is Monday 15th December.

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