Southsea’s Salvation Army Citadel helped hundreds at Christmas

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HUNDREDS of people in need this Christmas were helped by the Salvation Army’s Southsea Citadel.

Volunteers worked throughout December to give out food and toy parcels to 280 families locally, and on the day itself served 115 four-course lunches for those living alone or who were in need.

Among the helpers was Portsmouth Lord Mayor Frank Jonas and police inspector Fiona Quade.

The Salvation Army’s Trevor Martin said: ‘Many local businesses, schools and members of the public provided food and goods for the lunches and parcels and many volunteers from the corps and local community helped to prepare the parcels and serve the meals.’

The project was overseen by the citadel’s community manager Melvyn Thomas.