Volunteers from Surviving Christmas laid on Yuletide fun and cheer for the town’s needy over the festive period.
The charity held its Open Christmas at The Salvation Army Hall, St Andrew’s Square, on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Showers, hairdressing, medical services, clothing, warm meals and friendship were all on offer by an army of volunteers for those in need, including the lonely and homeless.
The charity has been helping needy families in Hastings and Rother to have a happier Christmas for more than 30 years.
Last year was Surviving Christmas’ 30th year of helping those in need, such as the elderly, vulnerable and those on low incomes.
It was also the first year that the charity’s Open Christmas event was held at The Salvation Army Hall in St Andrew’s Square. Prior to that, it was held at the Y Centre.
Each year, families struggling financially are referred and receive a hamper and gifts.
Hundreds of hampers were donated to hard-up families and those in need throughout 1066 Country.
In 2014, Surviving Christmas packed and delivered up to 600 hampers and a small gift donated by the community to those in need.
As part of the appeal this Christmas, together with Sussex Coast College and Arrow FM, Surviving Christmas launched the 2015 Toy Appeal.
Donations of new and unwrapped toys were distributed in time for Christmas.
Ann Andrews, chairman of trustees at Surviving Christmas, said: “The number of families referred increased this year and we delivered more than a thousand children’s gifts in the run-up to Christmas.”
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