Whilst the true meaning of the season is of peace, joy and hope, it’s a fact that hundreds of thousands of Australians find Christmas stressful and a financial nightmare. The Salvation Army gives hope to those who need it most at Christmas by distributing thousands of food vouchers and hampers to people in need and providing gifts and toys to families in crisis.
I’d like to urge readers to stop for a moment and ask, ‘Can I help someone who is struggling?’ We believe that no-one should have to go it alone at Christmas time and I truly believe that we are a nation that stands by those in need.
There are easy actions you can take that will genuinely make a world of difference.
You can donate to the Salvos by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58). Funds are desperately needed. You can also donate in person at any Westpac branch. Donations of new, quality gifts or non-perishable food items can be made at most Salvation Army centres. It’s best to call 13 SALVOS to find out how you can assist us in your local area, or check out salvos.org.au to find out how you can help.
On behalf of The Salvation Army I wish all readers a Christmas filled with joy, peace, and above all else, HOPE.
Communications & Fundraising Director