Help Salvos help out
Christmas is a time of cheer, giving and family — but not for everyone in our region.
Hundreds of families struggle to make ends meet at Christmas and the Salvation Army in Seymour is urging everyone to dig deep and think of those less fortunate.
Salvation Army Seymour captain Heather Stamp said just a small contribution can make a big difference in helping to bring a little cheer to the community this Christmas.
‘‘People are always so generous, it just blows me away every year,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s a really good community spirit and I hope we will see that again this year.
‘‘If people want to make a donation towards the Christmas lunch, that would be great, or if they’d like to give a gift that would be fantastic too.’’
Seymour’s Salvation Army welcomes anyone in the community to their chef-cooked Christmas lunch on Christmas Day, while there’s a host of other events on throughout December for the community to get in to the Christmas spirit.
‘‘It’s one of the worst things to be by yourself at Christmas, and the Christmas lunch is for anybody in the community who wants to come along,’’ she said.
‘‘You don’t have to be down and out or anything, it’s more just coming together with the community and having someone to share Christmas with.’’
Other Salvation Army events in December include the last soup night for the year on December 5, this year’s final Mainly Music on December 6, the last community meal (come dressed ‘Christmassy’) on December 14, a family Christmas worship on December 23, and of course, the Two Tyred Motorcycle Club will be delivering toys in midDecember for the Salvation Army to distribute.
‘‘Quite often it’s not until the last minute that people go ‘oh gees, I haven’t got anything for the kids’ or thought they’d be alright and they’re not, and they need to turn to us,’’ she said.
‘‘Quite often it’s people who’ve never asked for anything during the year from our services, and they are just really doing it tough at this time of year, so they are able to come in and select a gift and they receive a voucher as well.’’
Captain Heather Stamp said donations of presents, particularly for older children (10-to-15 year olds) are needed, while donations to the Christmas lunch would also be appreciated.
Contact 5799 2583 for more information.
Giving time: Salvation Army Seymour captain Heather Stamp wants people to dig deep at this time of year.