Salvos need your help
CHRISTMAS is coming and the Rochester Salvation Army is urging locals to help families in need through their annual Christmas Appeal.
The program is just one of the Rochester branch’s ways to help connect the community — whether it is through participating in Christmas activities, giving a hand up to someone in need, or reaching out to the Salvos for help.
Christmas is one of the hardest times of year for Australians doing it tough, but Rochester Salvation Army officer Lieutenant Ben Clapton says it’s the small things that make a big difference.
“For just $29 you can provide food on the table and a present under the Christmas tree to help give hope to someone in need this Christmas,” Lt. Clapton said.
Research from the Salvation Army revealed 95 per cent of households who access the Salvos’ emergency services are living in poverty, with 74 per cent experiencing food insecurity and 67 per cent reporting that food affordability is their greatest daily challenge.
Nationally, at Christmas, the Salvos will serve more than 100,000 meals, distribute more than 500,000 gifts and toys and support more than 70,000 families in need.
“But we can only do this with the support of the community,” Lt. Clapton said.
“The support from the community gives us hope and the support we’re able to give from that gives those in need hope.”
Christmas is a busy time for the Rochester Salvos, who will continue providing material assistance and run Christmas events for the community.
On Christmas Day, Rochester Salvation Army is inviting the public to celebrate with a service at the Rochester Salvation Army, corner of Elizabeth and Ramsay Sts, commencing at 9.30am.
Everyone is welcome to attend. Locals are also invited to attend the Salvation Army’s carols service at the same location on Sunday, December 16, from 10am.
“Whether you are by yourself, or with friends and family, Christmas is a time that is best spent together. So join us, so we can share the true spirit of Christmas,” Lt. Clapton said.
Donations to the Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal can be made in person at any Westpac branch or at Salvo Stores. Alternatively, you can donate by visiting salvos.org.au/ Christmas, or calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58).
Rochester Salvation Army officer Lieutenant Ben Clapton.