Christmas is the time of giving and the Salvation Army is giving Bo’ness a host of events to enjoy over the festive period.
Yesterday (Thursday) the charity held a Christmas Shopping event in their hall. Over 20 stalls, bought by local crafts people, were filled with a variety of candles, cosmetics, jewellery and special Christmas gift ideas.
The money raised will go towards the Salvation Army’s youth group in Bo’ness.
Up next on Wednesday, December 9, is the annual Community Carol Concert in Bo’ness Town Hall.
Tom Dunham, lieutenant of Bo’ness Salvation Army, said: “This concert will give the entire community a chance to join together and sing Christmas carols. With our special guests it looks to be another wonderful evening.”
The Kinneil School Choir, Bo’ness Belles and Bo’ness and Carriden Band will be joining in on the celebrations which start at 7pm. Donations will be taken for Crossroads Caring Scotland, a charity in Falkirk that supports carers and their families across the country.
The following weekend the Kids Club will be putting on a show with a twist. Comedy Midwife Crisis is a modern-take on the traditional nativity play which promises to leave the audience laughing. Packed with songs, jokes, a donkey and more, the show follows a busy midwife in her attempts to deliver the baby Jesus.
Tom said: “This show is the culmination of weeks of hard work, it promises to be an amazing show.” The Salvation Army Kids Club runs every Thursday for all children from P1-P6 in Bo’ness.
On Sunday, December 20, more traditional carol singing will take place with a brass band from 4pm.
Finally on Christmas Day the Salvation Army will be opening its doors for a Christmas lunch and a party for anyone that would otherwise be on their own. Booking must be made for this event by contacting Tom Dunham on 01506 828502.
Tom said: “This year we have a team of 14 volunteers, not just from the Salvation Army, all willing to help out on Christmas Day to ensure it is a fun event for everyone.”
The Christmas Toy Appeal, a national drive by the Salvation Army to ensure all children can wake up to presents on Christmas Day, is ongoing and the people of Bo’ness have already been donating to the cause.
Tom said: “We have had so many gifts donated already. Bo’ness is always generous when it comes to charity.”