Community helps spread festive cheer
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.