Students from Caedmon College Whitby’s Health and Social Care department, attended the local Salvation Army Centre on St Peter’s Court in Whitby, on Friday 18 December, in order to present the items they had collected as part of their ‘Christmas around The World’ activities. All students were involved in a range of activities on the day on this theme. After discussing the theme and what they wanted to do, College students came up with the idea that Christmas for some people is not always a prosperous or happy time. Due to this, the students wanted to help others in their local community and opted to support the work of the Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army is a Church movement and a charity that believes in helping people in crisis. The Salvation Army in Whitby has been operating for about 20 years and, in that time, many people have received help and support from them. They host a Christmas dinner on Christmas Day, and offer food parcels to those who are in need. They also work to provide toys for children and families in difficulties. The Health & Social Care students wanted to help support this work and asked other students in Years 7 to 13 to contribute items such as non-perishable foodstuffs, hygiene products and toys. They then presented all the items collected to Major Norma Phillips who runs the centre, so that the collected items could be used for the Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal. On receipt of the goods, Major Phillips spoke to the students and explained the work that they do, thanking them for their generosity.