Salvation Army in Glasgow pays tribute to volunteers helping meet a need at Christmas

The Salvation Army in Glasgow has this week paid tribute to the volunteers who have been giving up their free time to help the most vulnerable in society.
As the country gets ready to wind down for Christmas, the Salvation Army is mobilising its recruits to support thousands of people across the city.
Volunteers Liz and Scott White collect gifts

Volunteers Liz and Scott White collect gifts

Through its present appeal, emergency food provisions, Christmas Day lunches, residential support for older people and people experiencing homelessness, and music and carolling events, the church and charity aims to spread as much festive cheer to those in need.

One of those volunteers is Scott White, from Anderston, who has been helping out at his local Salvation Army community church.
The 26-year-old has had to overcome his own difficulties from a young age after being diagnosed with VATER syndrome – a condition that can affect the spine, heart, digestive system, kidneys and more.
But while Scott admits much of his early life was a struggle, he is thankful he is now able do the things that many people for granted, such as nights out with friends and trips to the cinema.
He says he is delighted to be able to help others less fortunate than himself and has been busy packing gifts for underprivileged children as part of the Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal.
The Salvation Army’s community churches in Govan, Scotstoun, Easterhouse, Clydebank, Parkhead and the city centre are encouraging people to add an extra toy to their shopping list so that every Christmas tree can have a surprise underneath it. The Christmas Present Appeal is this year expected to benefit more than 500 young people in Glasgow alone.
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