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Family ‘blessed’ by Salvation Army charity

One of the beneficiaries of Christmas cheer from the Salvation Army has said her family had been “blessed”.

The 48-year-old mother of four, who asked not to be named, said: “Everybody was happy. I was blessed this Christmas.”

The woman, from Pembroke, said she was given food vouchers and household items, as well as toys for her children, aged between two and nine.

She added her family’s Christmas would have been much bleaker without help from the charity.

Volunteer Candice Burrows said taking part in the Salvation Army’s Christmas campaign was about “giving back to the community”.

Ms Burrows said: “I’ve always believed in giving back to my community.”

The 58-year-old retired post office worker said the experience made her feel that she was serving her fellow community members.

Ms Burrows said she also volunteered to help sort clothing for the organisation’s thrift shop and helped with its regular food donation services.

She added she planned to take part in the Christmas campaign next year.

Major Frank Pittman, the Salvation Army divisional commander, said Bermuda’s “generosity and care” shone through over the holiday season and made a difference in “many, many lives”.

Helping hands: Major Frank Pittman thanked volunteers