Published: 02 Dec 2013

Jennings Motor Group is stepping in to help those less fortunate this Christmas by agreeing to support the Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal.

This is the fourteenth consecutive year the group, which operates Ford, Mazda, SEAT and Kia dealerships across the region, has stepped in to support the appeal by using its branch network as drop off and collection points for gift donations.

Members of the public have until Sunday 16th December to take any unwrapped gifts for children, teenagers and the elderly to any Jennings showroom which can be found at Newcastle Road in South Shields, Parsons Road in Washington and Eslington Park in Gateshead. The group also operates branches at Cargo Fleet Lane in Middlesbrough and Yarm Road in Stockton.

Last year in the North East area, the Appeal assisted 6726 individuals with gifts for children, the elderly and housebound, in addition to more than 800 food parcels.

David Walker, general sales manager at the Jennings Ford Direct dealership in South Shields, said; “Once again, we are absolutely delighted to be able to assist the Salvation Army and their Christmas Appeal and we sincerely hope to make Christmas extra special for even more families this year.”

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 who are known to be in considerable hardship.

Captain Howard Russell, Divisional Director of Community Services, said; “Over the years, millions of children, young people, families and the elderly have benefited from gifts donated to the Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal.

“We are aware families are really struggling this year and that’s why more than ever we need support not only from local companies such as Jennings, but also from members of the public. By donating a gift to our Appeal, it will make a real difference in someone’s life this Christmas.”

“For children and young people, we need everything from soft and educational toys for the very youngest, to CDs, games and toys and accessories for older children, in particular teenager boys who sometimes get left out of such appeals, in addition to gifts for the elderly and food parcels.”

For further information, contact Captain Howard Russell on 0191 2381816 or visit

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