Help Salvos help out

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.

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