Stornoway’s Salvation Army is gearing up to serve Christmas dinner for up to 50 people tomorrow (December 25th) with an open invitation to anyone to come and join them. 

The annual dinner served by members of the Stornoway corps is aimed at making sure nobody has to be alone or hungry on Christmas day, with families and anyone who has no plans for Christmas lunch urged to come and share the company. A spokesman encouraged people who are undecided: 

“don’t be alone at this time of year, come and join in”. 

There’s a Christmas morning service at 11am at the Salvation Army hall on Bayhead, and dinner is served at 1.30pm, with preparations already well under way to get the huge amount of vegetables ready for the pot. 

Meanwhile officers have already started to deliver over 200 Christmas gifts to families and children, thanks to support from businesses and individuals throughout Lewis and Harris. 

A collection point at the Volunteer Centre in Tarbert received a bumper bundle of gifts when Harris Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers took time during their Christmas party to make donations to the Salvation Army appeal. 

Stornoway Tesco worked with police to ensure that they could put lost property to good use, with £840 of cash dropped or left behind in store spent on presents for the Salvation Army appeal. 

Town businesses Toyworld, Nursery World and Bikes of Stornoway and K J Macdonald pharmacy both helped select gifts for children and adults, adding their own contributions to the totals. A cash donation was also made to help buy the food being provided by the Salvation Army at Christmas. 

The pictures show members of Tesco’s staff dropping off their purchases at the Salvation Army (Stornoway Tesco) and Harris Brownies, Rainbows, Guides and Rangers with their donations (Girlguiding Western Isles).