Com­mu­nity help sought for appeal

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

The Sal­va­tion Army is get­ting ready to help those in need this Christ­mas, but they need the com­mu­nity’s help.

The War­ragul Corps has be­gun col­lect­ing do­na­tions for its Christ­mas appeal, but much more is needed to meet the de­mand.

“We’ll again be do­ing our ham­pers and toys and we’ll be dis­tribut­ing from the 19th (De­cem­ber),” Cap­tain Amanda Hart said.

“We’re af­ter gifts for teenagers and boys, as we don’t of­ten have a lot for those.

“We also don’t get a lot for adults, so we’re af­ter to­ken gifts that they can pick for them­selves. “Gift cards are al­ways good.” Sal­va­tion Army vol­un­teer Rob Ooster­hof said this year had seen a spike in de­mand for as­sis­tance from the char­ity.

“Cost of liv­ing is in­creas­ing, and a lot of peo­ple have been com­ing for food,” he said.

“Peo­ple have had a huge in­crease to their rent, are strug­gling with other re­sources and are hav­ing to make a choice of hav­ing a roof over their head or food.

“And it’s hit peo­ple who were do­ing well six months ago.

“It’s a domino ef­fect and it’s rel­a­tive to Christ­mas be­cause peo­ple have nowhere to go and can’t meet the costs of food.

“Christ­mas is a tough time, and many want to make it happy for their kids.

“We want to do any­thing we can to sup­port them.”

Cap­tain Hart said the Sal­va­tion Army was ap­pre­cia­tive of the sup­port of the com­mu­nity and hoped for an­other round of strong do­na­tions this year.

“With­out them we couldn’t do this or any of the things that we do through­out the year,” she said.

Cap­tain Hart said with the Sal­va­tion Army of­fice not staffed all the time, the char­ity was also look­ing for busi­nesses to act as col­lec­tion points.

“We will help ad­ver­tise those to the com­mu­nity,” she said.

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