Help fill Christ­mas with hope and joy

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion -

CHRIST­MAS is a busy time for the Sal­va­tion Army.

While the true mean­ing of the sea­son is of peace, joy and hope, it is a fact that hun­dreds of thou­sands of Aus­tralians find Christ­mas stress­ful and a fi­nan­cial night­mare.

The Sal­va­tion Army gives hope to those who need it most at Christ­mas by dis­tribut­ing tens of thou­sands of food vouch­ers and ham­pers to peo­ple in need and pro­vid­ing gifts and toys to fam­i­lies in cri­sis.

I’d like to urge read­ers to stop for a mo­ment and ask, ‘Can I help some­one who is strug­gling?’ I truly be­lieve that we are a na­tion that stands by those in need.

Specif­i­cally, I write to ask read­ers if they could join with us at the Sal­va­tion Army to give hope to those who need it most this Christ­mas.

There are easy ac­tions you can take that will gen­uinely make a world of dif­fer­ence.

You can do­nate to the Salvos by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58). Funds are des­per­ately needed. You can also do­nate in per­son at any West­pac branch.

Do­na­tions of new, qual­ity gifts or non-per­ish­able food can be made at most Sal­va­tion Army cen­tres. It’s best to call 13 SALVOS to find out how you can as­sist us in your lo­cal area, or check out sal­va­tion­army.org.au to find out how you can help. On be­half of the Sal­va­tion Army, I wish all read­ers a Christ­mas filled with joy, peace, and above all else, hope. Ma­jor Paul Hateley, Pub­lic Re­la­tions Sec­re­tary, Sal­va­tion Army Aus­tralia South­ern Ter­ri­tory. ad­ver­tis­ing brochures we get once a week in our let­ter­box.

I have al­ways been fas­ci­nated by how all the big stores seem to ad­ver­tise the same prod­ucts at the same time.

Is there a spy in the hurly-burly of big ad­ver­tis­ing?

How­ever, what re­ally drives me nutty, and I can­not see what ad­van­tage it would have, is when you are read­ing a brochure and ev­ery­thing is sud­denly up­side down.

You are then sup­posed to turn it over and start read­ing again.

That's about the time I take a bas­ket­ball shot for the re­cy­cling bin.

Char­lie Gibson, Fal­con.

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