Helping hand from Santa

Major Jim McCluskey of the Salvation Army, left, with President Scott Ballantyne.
Major Jim McCluskey of the Salvation Army, left, with President Scott Ballantyne.

Forfar Rotary Club continues to support the on-going work of supporting those in need in the local community.

Hearing of the needs of the needy prompted Forfar Rotary to present a cheque for £500 to the local branch of the Salvation Army.

President Scott Ballantyne did the honours when he presented the cheque on behalf of the club to fellow Rotarian and Salvation Army Major Jim McCluskey.

In thanking the Rotary Club for it generosity, Major McCluskey explained the Salvation Army covers many needs in its services to the community.

For instance at Christmas time there was an unprecedented call for assistance to provide gifts for children where otherwise there would have been difficulty in families providing for their children.

He said: “This was a very satisfying area of service for us.

“We continue to provide, on a daily basis, up to a dozen food parcels and the need is growing.

“Families have been helped with the provision of a low cost holiday and other areas of need have been met from our local resources.

“Outings have been provided for local children and over 150 older people received a Christmas gift from us

“This, of course, could not be sustained without the help of groups such as Forfar Rotary whose support of local good causes is quite incredible.

“The funds were provided by the proceeds of the Santa Sleigh collection so it was good to see it being used to assist in the community where the most needy in the town benefitted.”

The Rotary Club of Forfar is always busy in the run-up to Christmas, organising the switching on of the town’s Christmas lights as well as the arrival of Santa Claus to collect letters from local children.

Rotarians then take to the streets in Forfar for their door-to-door collection.