En­sur­ing Christ­mas is merry

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE -

THIS Christ­mas, the Sal­va­tion Army is en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to con­nect with their com­mu­nity – whether by par­tic­i­pat­ing in ac­tiv­i­ties, lend­ing a hand 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 Ma­roochy­dore Sal­va­tion Army of­fi­cers Garry and Sue Cox say just a small con­tri­bu­tion can make a big dif­fer­ence in help­ing to give hope where it’s needed most.

“At Christ­mas, the Salvos will serve over 100,000 meals, dis­trib­ute more than 500,000 gifts and toys and sup­port more than 70,000 fam­i­lies in need,” Garry said.

If you re­quire as­sis­tance at Christ­mas with food and gifts, phone 5443 8248.

If you need emer­gency as­sis­tance phone 1300 371 288 (9am–5pm, Mon­day to Fri­day).

Not only is the Sal­va­tion Army run­ning its an­nual Christ­mas Cheer op­er­a­tion to pro­vide toys for those in need, but it is also putting on a com­mu­nity car­ols event.

Res­i­dents are in­vited to at­tend the Sal­va­tion Army’s Car­ols on the church cor­ner of Broad Mead­ows Road and Ma­roochy­dore Road on De­cem­ber 16.

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