Salvation Army and SVP launch Family Appeal


One of Northern Ireland’s largest and longest running Christmas present appeals is underway.

The Salvation Army and Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) have teamed up once more for the Family Appeal – which is set to bring festive cheer to underprivileged children and families in Ballymena.

Last year’s appeal distributed around 50,000 gifts to children across Northern Ireland – all of which was made possible by the generosity of local people and organisations.

In Ballymena, Lieutenants Chris and Lucy Still say the aim of the Family Appeal is to make sure no child goes without a gift at Christmas.

Lieutenants Chris and Lucy said: “We’re grateful to the generosity and support of the public in Ballymena because without that support there would be no Family Appeal. We want to make sure that all families are able to share the joy of opening presents on Christmas morning.”

Pauline Brown, regional manager for St Vincent de Paul in Northern Ireland, said: “The Family Appeal is a vital part of our yearly calendar and really helps us meet the needs of children across Northern Ireland.”

Gift donations for children aged from newborn to 16 years can be made at any branch of The Salvation Army or SVP NI and this year Homebase in Junction One in Antrim, as well as various locations around the town of Ballymena. Look out for Family Appeal posters.

All gifts must be new and unwrapped, and the appeal would welcome donations for older boys and girls such as gift tokens, board games, selection boxes, and toiletries. For more information go to

If you are eligible for support from the Family Appeal, contact Lieutenants Chris and Lucy Still on 028 2565 5233 for guidance notes and an application form.