The Lewis branch of Volunteer Centre Western Isles are supporting the Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal and encouraging everyone to get involved!  Donations can be dropped into the Volunteer Centre at 95 Cromwell Street, Stornoway.  

Councillor Charlie Nicolson launched the appeal this week and explains “Christmas can be a challenging time for some people in our community and there are great local organisations working to help with this. I’m delighted to work with the Volunteer Centre, who provide vital support to charities throughout the islands, and who this year are promoting the Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal.  Donations can come from individuals, community groups, schools or private companies and all donations, no matter how small, will be warmly received and will mean a great deal to the people in our local communities who receive them.”

Below are a list of suggested gifts for different age groups, which should all be donated while unwrapped:


  • 0-3yrs: Bath toys and books – no clothes please
  • 3-5yrs: Colourful and fun educational toys, books, colouring sets, pencils, crayons, books stickers and puzzles
  • 5-9yrs: Educational games and toys, stationary (colouring sets, pencils, crayons, etc.) puzzle books, jigsaw puzzles and books
  • 9-12yrs: Games, stationary, DVDs, books, craft activities
  • 13-16yrs: Books, toiletries, warm winter clothing, games, craft items


  • Cups with tea and biscuits
  • jigsaw puzzles
  • toiletry sets
  • hand/bath towels
  • puzzle books

Family friendly gifts:

  • Board games
  • chocolates/ biscuits

All gifts should be brand new and unwrapped and please do not give battery operated toys. 

Bellan O’Brien, Development Worker states “We are delighted to support the Salvation Army and the amazing work of their volunteers this year. We realise not everyone can volunteer over the festive period, but this is a way to help make a positive difference in our community over Christmas. Donations can be dropped to the Volunteer Centre on Cromwell Street and will make sure ALL items are passed onto the Salvation Army in Stornoway so they can share them throughout the island to adults and children at this time of year”

If you are interested in giving your time to volunteer, or would like to advertise your organisations volunteer opportunities, Volunteer Centre Western Isles can help. Please pop  in to see us at 95 Cromwell Street, Stornoway; phone us on 700366, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or message us on Facebook or visit our website