16 Dec Make a difference to someone in need: support the Salvos this Christmas
The Salvation Army is hoping to raise $3 million this year, through their annual Christmas Appeal, to support Aussies doing it tough this festive season.
“Christmas is the busiest time of the year for The Salvation Army across Queensland, and we expect this year to be no different,” Captain Chris Ford of the Gladstone Corps said.
“While Christmas is a time of joy and celebration for many, others doing it tough in our community find it an extremely difficult period for them personally.
“The increased isolation, financial stress and mental health impacts of COVID-19 this year will only exacerbate these issues.
“The Salvos want to leave no one in need this Christmas, and we need the generosity of the public this year to once again partner with us in support of locals doing it really tough.”
Last year during the Christmas period, The Salvation Army in Queensland distributed over 9,000 hampers and vouchers worth close to $300,000 to those finding it almost impossible to make ends meet and gave out gifts and toys to nearly 4,000 families in need.
During the past twelve months, the Salvos also supported the vulnerable by providing nearly 20,000 meals across the state and 10,000 nights of accommodation for those needing a place to stay.
“Anyone in need this Christmas can reach out to their local Salvation Army centre or by calling 1300 371 288 and we’ll do all we can to support you,” Captain Ford said.
“We don’t want anyone to go it alone this year, if you need food, gifts, financial support or are feeling lonely, please get in touch with us.”
This year the Salvos and Kmart are spreading the ‘small gift, big heart’ message through their annual Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal, letting you know that even the smallest gesture can create a brighter Christmas and New Year for the most vulnerable in our community.
Until December 24 you can drop a new and unused unwrapped gift or important essentials, that don’t have to be purchased at Kmart, under the Wishing Tree at the Kmart in Stockland Gladstone.
“Christmas offers us a time to reflect and connect with one another and celebrate the joy of community,” Captain Ford said.
“Connection will be more important than ever this year, so look out for your mate, check in on family and embrace the true meaning of Christmas.
“From all of us at The Salvos, we wish you a very happy Christmas.”
Donate to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal at www.salvationarmy.org.au or by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58).
Practical Gift Ideas include:
- School supplies
- Everyday essentials for all ages such as socks, bed linen and bath towels
- Gift cards