Help the Salvos help strug­gling fam­i­lies at Christ­mas

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CHRIST­MAS is a time of cheer, giv­ing and fam­ily – but not for ev­ery­one in our re­gion.

Thou­sands of fam­i­lies strug­gle to make ends meet at Christ­mas and the Sal­va­tion Army Kyabram urge ev­ery­one to dig deep and think of those less for­tu­nate.

Kyabram’s Sal­va­tion Army only sees the tip of the ice­berg, warned cap­tain Gail Roberts.

“So many peo­ple go un­no­ticed every year. We want to help those peo­ple have a Christ­mas to re­mem­ber,” she said.

“Our or­gan­i­sa­tion re­lies on re­sources to help those in need – we can’t do it with­out com­mu­nity sup­port.”

Cap­tain Roberts said do­na­tions were begin­ning to ar­rive but more were needed.

“This year we have a short­age of gifts for chil­dren aged 10 to 12 years and teenagers,” she said

“Gift vouch­ers for chil­dren’s toys are the best way that peo­ple can help.

‘‘Do­na­tions of money are al­ways helpful as well. Any­one can come down to the thrift store and make a do­na­tion.

“It would be won­der­ful to put a smile on the face of a child that doesn’t nor­mally have any­thing to cel­e­brate.”

The Sal­va­tion Army’s Ma­jor Paul Hate­ley said Christ­mas was one of the busiest times of the year and it is the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s mis­sion to serve Aus­tralians in need.

“When we have peo­ple telling us that they’re hav­ing to sell things just to scrape up enough money for Christ­mas, and oth­ers say­ing that some chil­dren in their house­hold will not even get one present this Christ­mas — that’s heart­break­ing,” Ma­jor Hate­ley said.

The Sal­va­tion Army ex­pects to help 70,000 fam­i­lies across Aus­tralia in the six weeks be­fore Christ­mas and in the crit­i­cal month af­ter­wards.

“When fam­i­lies end up in a sit­u­a­tion where they can­not af­ford food or life’s ba­sics, they turn to us for help. That is pre­cisely why we need do­na­tions from the pub­lic.”

Ma­jor Hate­ley said poverty had such a horrific, long last­ing ef­fect on in­di­vid­u­als.

“Sadly, for many of our clients, Christ­mas is a very iso­lat­ing time,’’ he said.

‘‘They strug­gle to fund life’s ba­sics and live off less than $17 a day ac­cord­ing to re­search we did ear­lier this year.”

To do­nate to the Sal­va­tion Army Christ­mas Ap­peal visit sal­va­tion­ or call 13 72 58 (13 SALVOS).

Do­na­tions can also be made at the Sal­va­tion Army’s Kyabram thrift store at 31 Bradley St, Kyabram.

— David Rak

The team at Kyabram Sal­va­tion Army’s thrift shop are gear­ing up for their an­nual Christ­mas ap­peal.

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