Motor group kick-starts Salvation Army Christmas Appeal

Posted on 19 Aug 2009

Jennings Motor Group has kick-started the Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal by being the first company to donate gifts for this year’s appeal.

For the eleventh consecutive year, Jennings Motor Group has stepped in to support the Appeal by agreeing to use its Ford, Mazda and SEAT branch network throughout the region as drop off points for staff or members of the public who want to donate to the Appeal.

Chris Nixon, franchise manager at the Jennings Mazda dealership in Sunderland, said; “The Salvation Army does an amazing job helping people in the community, not just at Christmas time, but all year round.”

Chris added; “This time of year, however, is the most difficult and challenging of all as they have thousands of people they need to assist in order to make their Christmas extra special.”

This year, the Salvation Army will be celebrating its 33rd Appeal and is the largest of its kind in the region.

Major Marion Mountain, Divisional Community Services Officer for the Salvation Army, said; “We are delighted with the continued support we receive from Jennings Motor Group and look forward to another successful Appeal for the Salvation Army.”

As in previous years, the Salvation Army will not only be assisting Local Authority Social Services departments, but also many other Charities and Agencies that call upon them to assist with needs this Christmas.

Jennings Motor Group is urging staff, customers and members of the public to support the Appeal by taking gifts, including new toys for children and gifts for teenagers, gifts for the elderly, non –perishable food or donations to any of its Mazda, Ford and SEAT dealerships across the region.

This year’s Appeal will be running from Sunday 22nd November through to and including Friday 18th December 2009.

Last year, the Appeal assisted over 1587 families, which included providing toys for more than 4344 children. In addition over 49 homeless people were given accommodation over Christmas, more than 194 elderly people received gifts and 991 food parcels were distributed.

Jennings branches can be found at Riverside Road, Sunderland; Newcastle Road, South Shields; Eslington Park, Gateshead; Yarm Road, Stockton and Cargo Fleet Lane, Middlesbrough.

If you would like for information about this year’s Appeal, members of the public can contact The Salvation Army on 0191 238 1820.

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