Salvation Army’s ‘Every Child Warm’ project helps more than 200 children in Gateshead

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The Salvation Army’s ‘Every Child Warm’ project has helped support more than 200 children in Gateshead.

The ‘Every Child Warm’ project, which is organised by the Salvation Army, has helped to support more than 200 children in Gateshead with coats and shoes.

The project ran over three days at the end of August and invited families who are struggling with rising costs to take home more expensive items such as winter coats and shoes in time for the start of the new school year.

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‘Every Child Warm’ is now in its seventh year and also ives the church and charity a chance to signpost people to further support.

It aims to make the ‘Every Child Warm’ an enjoyable experience for youngsters, who can pick their own items and enjoy a snack afterwards.

Ann Humes, community manager at Every Child Warm in Gateshead. Photo: Other 3rd Party.Ann Humes, community manager at Every Child Warm in Gateshead. Photo: Other 3rd Party.
Ann Humes, community manager at Every Child Warm in Gateshead. Photo: Other 3rd Party. | Other 3rd Party

Ann Humes, Gateshead Salvation Army Community Manager, highlighted that keeping children fed and warm is a priority for them in an area of high deprivation.

She said: “While we do provide school uniforms, our focus is on the more expensive items.

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“Many families may have stretched themselves to buy school uniforms which can run into hundreds of pounds, then are left with no money for things like stationery, school backpacks, shoes and coats.

“What makes it special is seeing the children’s faces light up when they find something they like.

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“They are not just given items, but can pick and choose themselves with the help of our brilliant volunteers who act as ‘personal shoppers’.

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“It makes it a lovely experience for them and helps them feel a sense of dignity when they go back to school.

“Thank you to all of those who donated and to our seniors group who polished all of the shoes, as well as the Philanthropy department who help fund bus fares for our guests, who travel from all over Gateshead.

“We couldn’t do it without you.”

The Salvation Army has confirmed that the project was a success. Photo: Other 3rd Party.The Salvation Army has confirmed that the project was a success. Photo: Other 3rd Party.
The Salvation Army has confirmed that the project was a success. Photo: Other 3rd Party. | Other 3rd Party

Lt Tony Kakande, who leads The Salvation Army Gateshead, reflected on what has been another successful project for the charity.

He added: “It’s been another successful year for Every Child Warm.

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“What makes it unique is the relationships we build with people who come, families who have been referred to us by other agencies or who we’ve supported in other ways.

“Getting to know them gives us the chance to find out what they need and to help in a targeted way so we can see a genuine improvement in their situation.

“Then, they start coming to The Salvation Army not in tears, but as volunteers to help others.”

The Salvation Army, located at Tennyson Court in Gateshead, also runs a foodshare project, affordable summer camp, breakfast and afterschool clubs.

Members of the public can support the by contacting them here: www.salvationarmy.org.uk/gateshead.

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