Preston’s arm of the Salvation Army has launched an online appeal for food and toiletries after claiming the school holidays have caused a huge demand.
The Salvation Army is a Christian organisation that helps support disadvantaged people in communities across the UK.
The Preston arm of the charity has appealed for food and toiletries to be donated so that they can continue to support families during the school holidays.
A Facebook appeal said, “We are in desperate need of food and toiletries. The school Holiday referrals are coming in thick and fast, and after 3 shopping trips already this week and £400 spent… our shelves are bare again.
“We have capacity to fill 400 crates with food. We currently have 54 full trays. 34 trays are full with cereal, 16 trays of tea bags. We are extremely short of everything else!
“Our toiletries cupboard is completely empty and we are making bags up of what we can when parcels are collected.
“We have given over 150 bags of food out in the last 2 days and we cannot see this getting any better before September! Please help if you are able! A list of items and drops off points can be found in the comments as well as a just giving link for financial donations.”
Preston Police has encouraged the public to join the appeal, using their own social media to further the campaign.
A spokesman for Preston Police said, “You’ll remember how one of our PCSOs helped a homeless person last week and Salvation Army, Preston were a big support as always.
“Now it’s time for us to help them in return – please share the post below as they are desperate for food and toiletries donations. All the details on how you can help are in the Salvation Army post and comments.”
For those interested in helping, you can find drop off points at Morrisons- Riversway. Sainsburys – Deepdale, Asda- Fulwood and Preston City Council – Town Hall.