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 Christ­mas, or call­ing 13 SALVOS (13 72 58).

Rochester Sal­va­tion Army of­fi­cer Lieu­tenant Ben Clap­ton.

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