Help give hope where it’s needed most this Christmas
The Salvation Army will help over 300,000 Australians in need this Christmas; the support addresses the basics such as food, bills and accommodation. It will serve around 10, 000 meals in the lead up to Christmas and on the day itself. Approximately over half a million toys and gifts will be distributed to people in need and at least 100,000 food vouchers and hampers will be given to people in need.
The Salvos Christmas Appeal highlights the festive season can be a difficult time for people, who are alone, facing hard times or struggling financially. It urges everyone in the local area to specifically look out for others in their community and to try to help people who may be lonely or struggling at this time. The key is to share some hope and joy.
“A lot of people feel the pain and pressure of loneliness, stress, financial difficulty, relationship breakdown or family conflict during this period than at any other time of the year. Sometimes it's the expectations on themselves, other family members and friends and the idea of having 'a perfect time' that can cause issues,” said Major Bruce Harmer of The Salvation Army.
Donating and volunteering are excellent ways to support the Christmas campaign, other acts of good will include:
- Compliment other people and tell them why you value them
- Do something practical to help elderly people who live locally
- Identify two or three people you know are having a tough time and try and work out something practical you could help them with
- Call someone who you know needs to hear your voice
- Donate a gift at a Kmart Wishing Tree
The Salvation Army is asking people in the local community to help in any way they can. To donate to The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal, please call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or visit salvationarmy.org.au. Funds are badly needed to help people in crisis.
Anyone needing support or assistance can call their free 24/7 counselling service - Salvo Care Line - on 1300 36 36 22.