A charity is looking to recruit kind-hearted volunteers in Peterlee over the busy festive period.
The Salvation Army is hoping people will sign up to help in its charity shops over Christmas.
More people are needed at the shop in Castle Dene Shopping Centre, in Yoden Way, Peterlee.
Anthony Cummings, area manager, said: “There’s no time like Christmas to help out at a Salvation Army shop.
“It’s one of the best times of year, but also one of the busiest.
“That’s why we’re appealing for a band of Sally Army Helpers who can donate as much time as they can to our Peterlee shop during the festive period.
“Volunteers often don’t realise how valuable they are. A couple of hours or even a few days a week make a huge difference to us.”
The Salvation Army shops offer training in essential volunteer skills.
They say the people they’re looking for will have a willingness to help sort through sacks of donations, the ability to be jolly, even under pressure, the desire to help customers, and the ability to sing Christmas carols while decorating a tree.
Anthony added: “We’d like to encourage anybody interested in being one of our Sally Army Helpers to pop in to talk to our friendly staff.
“There are lots of tasks to get involved with, including sorting through donations, creating window displays, steaming and hanging clothes, assisting customers and generally helping us spread Christmas cheer.
“If you can spare any time at all, please do get in touch.”