THE Salvation Army has launched their annual Christmas appeal in Tropical North Queensland, which will help The Salvos support individuals and families in the local community who are experiencing hardship this Christmas.
The rising cost of living, interest rate and rental price hikes has meant that more people have been turning to The Salvation Army for support, making this year’s Christmas Appeal vitally important.
Salvos Public Relations Secretary for Queensland Simon Gregory said Salvos are aiming to raise $25 million nationally for this year’s appeal.
“Christmas is the busiest time of the year for The Salvos, and this Christmas we expect the additional stresses of this year will result in more people than ever struggling to afford Christmas for themselves and their families,” he said.
“The Salvation Army are here for you, whether it is practical support like food or presents, or if you are feeling down or lonely this Christmas, reach out to us at The Salvos.”
There are many ways that you can partner with The Salvos to support your community this Christmas, including lending a hand, donating products such as gifts and food, or offering a financial donation to the appeal.
The Salvation Army also host a number of special community celebrations during the festive season which also raise money to go towards the appeal.
For more information on how you can support this Christmas, or to find out about local events, please contact your nearest Salvation Army centre in the Tropical North area head here. https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/. You can also make donations to the appeal at your local Salvos store.
During the Christmas period last year, The Salvation Army nationally distributed tens of thousands of food hampers to those struggling to make ends meet, received over 250,000 gifts and toys for families who might otherwise have gone without, provided over 132,000 meals, and provided more than 66,000 bed nights for families in need of accommodation during the festive season.
“It is more important than ever to band together as a community and lend a hand to those doing it tough,” Mr Gregory said.
“By believing in our good work and supporting our Christmas Appeal, The Salvation Army can continue providing wraparound services and tailored support and bring much needed hope and help to Tropical North families in crisis, ensuring nobody struggles alone this Christmas.”
The Salvation Army also encourages community members looking for affordable Christmas shopping options to consider Salvos Stores.