Collection points have opened in the Salvation Army's annual campaign to ensure needy children have presents to open on Christmas morning.

Tesco and Morrisons stores and the management office of The Shires in Trowbridge have volunteered to host the stands where new, unwrapped gifts and toys for children aged up to 18 can be left until December 6.

“We are delighted to support the Christmas Present Appeal once again. Our colleagues and customers are always extremely supportive and we are hoping for another wonderful year of donations," said Tesco community champion Lauren Roberts.

Church Leader, Michala Lancefield, said “We are so grateful to the managers, community champions and staff at each shopping location for the help and support they give us each year. They make it very easy for their customers to donate toys to our appeal and so help those most in need at Christmas time.

“The appeal would not be possible without the kindness of the people of our local area. Their generosity is so wonderful and it really does transform people’s Christmas from one of worry to one of joy and thankfulness.”

She added: “If you are unable to donate a gift, then we are grateful to those who support us financially. A monetary gift can be made via our just giving page or you can bring cash or a cheque to our hall on one of our open days. It enables us to buy food vouchers for the families referred to us and it helps us support vulnerable people in our community throughout the year."

Collection points are at Tesco Extra, County Way and The Shires management office in Trowbridge, Morrisons in Westbury and Morrisons, Warminster.

There will be a chance to take gifts to the Salvation Army hall in Castle Street, Trowbridge on December 3 between 4.30pm and 6.30pm and the following day between 10am and 2pm.

Visit to donate online.