Volunteer appeal to help out in stores this Christmas time

Two Salvation Army helpers.

Two Salvation Army helpers.

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A charity has launched a festive appeal for volunteers to lend a hand in its shops in the run-up to Christmas.

The Salvation Army is looking for Santa’s little helpers in its Alnwick and Morpeth stores this November and December.

No matter your experience, there are a number of jobs that the shops need help with at Christmas time, including sorting through donations, creating window displays, steaming and hanging clothes, assisting customers and helping spread Christmas cheer.

Salvation Army shops offer training in essential volunteer skills, but there are a number of key traits required of a helper, which include a willingness to help sort through sacks of donations to spot great toys, pristine party-wear and cosy winter warmers that will fill customers with glee: Like of Christmas decorations and an ability to decorate a tree; the ability to be jolly, even under pressure and the desire to help customers find second-hand treasure; knowing a Christmas carol, or three.

Area manager Anthony Cummings said: “In our shops, Christmas is one of the best times of year, but also one of the busiest.

“That’s why we’re appealing for helpers who can donate as much time as they can to our Alnwick and Morpeth shops during the festive period. A couple of hours or even a few days a week make a huge difference to us.”

Visit salvationarmytrading.org