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 Morpeth and Alnwick 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:

Area manager Anthony Cummings said: “In our shops, Christmas is one of the best times of year, but also one of the busiest and that’s why we’re appealing for helpers who can donate as much time as they can.

“A couple of hours, or even a few days a week, make a huge difference to us.”

For more details on the roles available, visit www.salvationarmytrading.org

Meanwhile, a vintage tea party is taking place tomorrow from 11am to 5pm at the Morpeth store to mark its first anniversary.

There will be swinging live music, a hair stylist that can turn back the clock on your locks and plenty of refreshments, including cake.