THE Salvation Army is warning that needy people in Huddersfield may miss out on vital help this Christmas.
The organisation has launched a national appeal, entitled Pass the Parcel.
It involves people dropping off a Christmas gift for a child, elderly person or homeless person at their local Superdrug store. The Salvation Army then collects the gifts and distributes them to needy people.
But this year the local response to the appeal has been poor.
Captain Ernie Huby, leader of the Huddersfield Salvation Army, is worried this might mean some local people going without help this Christmas.
He said: "People in Huddersfield have been so generous in the past when buying an extra gift for the appeal.
"But this year the numbers are very poor and we may not be able to help those children, homeless or elderly who turn to us at this time of year."
His wife, Captain June Huby, said people's generosity might have been exhausted by appeals for tragedies overseas this year.
She said there was a particular shortfall of Pass the Parcel gifts for children this year.
She said: "There have been lots of appeals in Huddersfield this year, both locally and overseas. I'm well aware that people have been very generous so far.
"However, Pass the Parcel in this area needs to improve, otherwise the children in the area will be forgotten."
Suitable gifts for the elderly include toiletries and hot water bottles or household items.
For homeless people, suitable gifts include toiletries - especially toothpaste, toothbrushes and shampoo - or warm clothing, such as hats, scarves and gloves.
Children who benefit from the appeal are aged up to 16.
Usually the most toys and clothes are left for younger children, but The Salvation Army says teenagers, particularly boys, are forgotten.
Good gifts for this age group can include CDs, games or sports equipment.
No food items - or second-hand products - should be left as gifts.
Gifts should be dropped off at Superdrug stores unwrapped.
The deadline for dropping off gifts is next Sunday.
The gifts will be given out by The Salvation Army through its homeless hostels, day care centres and connections with community groups, churches and social services.