Published: 28 Nov 2017
Motor dealer group helps The Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal for 19th consecutive year
Jennings Motor Group arranged an early visit from Santa this week and it was all to help spread the word about The Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal.
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For nearly two decades the region’s motor dealer group, which not only operates Ford, Kia, Mazda and SEAT car branches, but in recent years has diversified its business by incorporating Harley Davidson® dealerships and a SUBWAY® store into its portfolio, has used its branch network as drop off and collection points for gift donations.
To kick-start this year’s Appeal, Santa made a special visit to the group’s Ford dealership on Eslington Park in Gateshead, where he presented gifts alongside Jennings Motor Group’s director, Sohail Khan, to Major David Burns, divisional commander for The Salvation Army in North-East England.
Major David Burns said; “During the festive season, when many are enjoying celebrations with friends and family, others are struggling to make ends meet and can feel isolated from celebrations.
“The Christmas story inspires us to reach out to others, so we’re running the Christmas Present Appeal to ensure every child wakes up to a gift on Christmas morning and families will be reminded that we’re there for them during the tough times they face, offering a listening ear, practical help and compassionate support.
“We’re grateful for the support for our appeal each year from Jennings Motor Group and to our generous communities who continue to help us support those most vulnerable at Christmas time.”
The Appeal is in its 38th year and was originally 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.
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.
Sohail Khan, director at Jennings Motor Group, said; “It was an absolute pleasure presenting the gifts for this year’s Appeal, which is always widely welcomed by staff, customers and members of the public who want to do their bit by helping the most vulnerable in society.
“We first started supporting the Appeal in 1998 when we were solely a Ford dealer. Since then, the business has expanded with additional marques and new business ventures, during which time, demand for The Salvation Army to support more people in the community not just at Christmas time, but all year round, has also increased.
“Christmas can be an extra worry for families who are already struggling to make ends meet, so The Salvation Army is working with those who are most vulnerable to ensure they feel included in the festive celebrations.”
New non-wrapped toys for children, gifts for teenagers and the elderly, as well as non-perishable food items and Christmas confectionery can be taken to any of Jennings Motor Group’s branches at Gateshead, Washington, South Shields, Stockton and Middlesbrough call 0333 414 9750.
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