Christmas Appeal Spotlight: The Salvation Army

As Celtic FC Foundation continue our spotlight series highlighting the partners who will benefit from your incredible generosity through the Christmas Appeal phase of our Football for Good Fund (FFGF), we turn our attention to a local beneficiary – the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army, operating out of Parkhead, benefits from Christmas Appeal support both financially and through toys – which were donated at our annual festive extravaganza, Ghirls for Good, on Friday, November 26.

Tomorrow, on Giving Tuesday, the Salvation Army and 12 other beneficiaries will collect over 250 brand new toys and gifts, kindly donated by each amazing guest who attended the event at the weekend and these will be passed on to children who are sick or disadvantaged well ahead of Christmas Eve. Heartbreakingly, for some, it may be the only gift they receive this festive period.

Established in the 19th century, the Salvation Army is a worldwide organisation dedicated to alleviating hardship and empowering the impoverished. Through locations in Parkhead and Shettleston, the Salvation Army aims to provide support to some of the most vulnerable individuals living within these areas.

Recently supported with funding through our FFGF, Salvation Army Parkhead runs soup kitchens, foodbanks and drop-in services for those in unemployment, asylum seekers and former prisoners, amongst others and also provide support to those facing challenges with their mental health.

The Salvation Army’s Major Colin Bradshaw said: “The vital support from Celtic FC Foundation helps us to assist local people at their time of need in a direct and practical way. We currently have three foodbanks and two drop-ins so the support is essential.”

Much of the Salvation Army’s work goes on behind the scenes and, with your support, they can continue these vital efforts.

The Salvation Army joins Spirit Aid, Safe in Scotland, Glasgow City Mission, PEEK, St Roch’s FC Foundation, The Invisibles, Woman’s Aid in Dublin and Women’s Aid Belfast and Lisburn as the latest Appeal beneficiary to be confirmed.

Through the Appeal we want to give hundreds of families in our communities the Christmas they deserve, making sure there’s food on the table and gifts under the tree.

We also wish to help pensioners, women and children in refuge, the homeless community and refugees – as well as a whole host of others facing poverty and hardship.

Charity, and the generosity and compassion of the Celtic Family, will always be our past, present and future – it’s our heritage, our responsibility, our lifeblood.

Please join Celtic FC Foundation in making a difference this Christmas – it’s our reason for being.

The key ways to get behind the Christmas Appeal 2021, include:

  1. Donate by text – text ‘CELTIC’ followed by ‘£1’, ‘£5’ or ‘£10’ to 70085*
  2. Donate online HERE
  3. Donate via PayPal HERE
  4. Donate via Facebook HERE
  5. Donate in Cash – there are collection boxes located in all Celtic Stores
  6. Donate by Cheque – payable to ‘Celtic FC Foundation’ and sent to Celtic FC Foundation, Celtic Park, Glasgow G40 3RE.
  7. Provide support through your Christmas shopping via Give as you Live and AmazonSmile HERE
  8. Make a donation to receive your ‘Celtic FC Foundation Letter from Santa’ HERE
  9. Purchase our brand new Foundation T-shirt HERE
  10. Sign up for the Celtic Sleep Out, London on Friday, December 3 HERE
  11. Support our Light Up the Clover initiative on Thursday, December 9 or matchday bucket collection on Sunday, December 12 – to register as a volunteer collector, call 0141 551 4486 or email [email protected]
  12. Enter our new Christmas Appeal Prize Draw – further details to follow.

Thank you for your magnificent support.

*Texts will cost the donation amount, plus one standard rate message.