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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! A time of love, laughter, family. A time to eat chocolates in front of the television and snuggle up with a blanket. It’s a time of being together. It’s a time of giving.

There are two types of people. Those who have already started their Christmas shopping before November, and those who leave it until the very last minute! While some people gradually chose presents over time and have them wrapped neatly, waiting for Christmas day, others make a mad dash to the local high street with just a few days to go, hoping there will be something left in the shops. But whether you are the most or the least prepared, every gift takes thought. Each present you buy is a token of love, thanks, appreciation. And you want to choose the right gift. The best gift.

It’s at this time that we can look at other ways that we can give. This year, our Volunteer campaign that is running throughout our shops is encouraging you to give the gift of time. And we’re not talking about Doc Brown and his car turned time-machine. We’re talking about giving up your own time to help others.

For just a few hours a week, you could Volunteer in one of our 230 shops across the UK. Our shops couldn’t function without the help of volunteers. And when you volunteer, you are helping to raise vital funds to support the work of The Salvation Army.

And what you put in, you get out! Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, improve your communication, learn new skills and even gain qualifications. You also get the opportunity to express your creative side with window dressing and internal displays. There are plenty of ways in which you can help in your local shop, and the need for volunteers is great.

So, this season, the season of giving, why not think about other ways that you can give, and give the gift of your time.

If you are interested in volunteering please speak to your local shop or visit our website www.salvationarmytrading.org

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Kath & Lesley - Northampton Volunteers

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Bruce - Northampton Volunteer

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Shaun - Kettering Volunteer