Com­mu­nity helps spread fes­tive cheer

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

No one in Kar­ratha should go with­out ba­sic sup­plies this Christmas, thanks to the gen­eros­ity of the com­mu­nity, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal Sal­va­tion Army cap­tain Niall Gib­son.

The Salvos’ an­nual Christmas ap­peal has gar­nered a huge re­sponse in the past month, lead­ing Mr Gib­son to make the bold state­ment that ev­ery­one in need should be able to re­ceive some­thing to make their fes­tive sea­son spe­cial.

Mr Gib­son said the Salvos were look­ing at putting to­gether a min­i­mum of 100 ham­pers from all of the food and gift do­na­tions from schools, clubs, busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als this year.

“That is go­ing to help more than 400 ... maybe even 500 peo­ple,” he said. “It makes our Christmas and all the hard work worth it to see the smiles and to bring them hope that Christmas is a spe­cial time.

“I knew this was go­ing to hap­pen be­cause the com­mu­nity prove it ev­ery year.”

Mr Gib­son put the boost down to an im­proved on­line and me­dia pres­ence, con­tacts and hard work from their vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor.

Ro­tary out­go­ing pres­i­dent Jade Fal­coner said the or­gan­i­sa­tion had raised $750 worth of gifts and $250 worth of food to put to­wards the cause.

“To know Christmas for those less for­tu­nate will be that lit­tle bit brighter this year made my week,” she said. “There are so many peo­ple out there who need as­sis­tance, so it is nice to be able to help out, even if it is in a small way.”

Mrs Fal­coner said ev­ery in­di­vid­ual and fam­ily who helped out with the Christmas ap­peal de­served a pat on the back.

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