Help the Salvos help struggling families at Christmas
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 salvationarmy.org.au 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.