Celtic FC Foundation’s 2017 Christmas Appeal is now firmly underway and we continue our spotlight series on this year’s partner charities, with a closer look at the work of the Salvation Army Parkhead.
Established in the 19th century, the Salvation Army began as a benevolent charitable organisation, dedicated to alleviating hardship and empowering the impoverished.
As part of this year’s Appeal, Celtic FC Foundation are looking to provide assistance to the Salvation Army’s homeless unit in Parkhead, where they support some of the most vulnerable individuals living in the area.
At what can be an extremely difficult time of year for many, the Salvation Army will also provide assistance this festive season to local families and pensioners, through the provision of food, clothing and toys.
Major Colin Bradshaw of the Salvation Army, spoke of his gratitude for any donation received through this year’s Christmas Appeal.
He said: “This Christmas, the Salvation Army Parkhead will be providing the same high level of support to the most vulnerable individuals in our community, as well as making sure every child trapped in poverty that we encounter, will have a Christmas Day experience.
“Any donation from Celtic FC Foundation’s Christmas Appeal will help allow us to do this and I would like to thank the Foundation and their wonderful fans, for the generous and vital support which they have given us.”
The Salvation Army is just one of a number of charities which we will be supporting through this year’s Christmas Appeal and those confirmed so far include; The Wayside Club, Loaves and Fishes and The Invisibles.
Our 2017 Christmas Appeal was launched at the end of October and reflects the very essence of why our club was set up back in 1887.
We want to help around 300 local families facing poverty, to provide a meal on the table and gifts for the kids. We want to bring the magic of Christmas to those homes. We are also looking to help vulnerable local pensioners to ease the financial burden at a challenging time of year plus a number of other local charities who support those experiencing homelessness or other disadvantage.
But we can’t do this without you. So together, let’s Share the Spirit of Celtic this Christmas.
To get behind the Christmas Appeal 2017, you can:
1. Donate by Text – text ‘CELT07’ followed by ‘£1’, ‘£5’ or ‘£10’ to 70070
2. Donate Online – www.celticfcfoundation.com
3. Donate via Paypal – www.celticfcfoundation.com
4. Donate in Cash – there are collection boxes located in all Celtic Stores
5. Donate by Cheque – payable to ‘Celtic FC Foundation’ and sent to Celtic FC Foundation, Celtic Park, Glasgow, G40 3RE.
6. Give as you Live via your Christmas Shopping – http://www.celticfc.net/news/13512
7. Sign up for the Celtic Sleep Out, London on Friday, November 24 – http://www.celticfc.net/news/13347
8. Support our matchday bucket collection on Saturday, December 2 – our volunteers will be in place at all turnstile and entry areas in the lead up to Celtic’s SPFL encounter with Motherwell.
9. Take part in our new Light up the Clover event on Wednesday, December 13 – further details to follow.
10. Download Kevin Miles’ single ‘Celtic, My Heart and My Soul’ – http://www.celticfc.net/news/13494