The Salvation Army is hoping to raise $20 million this year across the country as they launch their annual Christmas Appeal that supports Aussies doing it tough during the festive season.
As Australians near the end of a second year that has been impacted by social and economic burden of COVID-19, the Salvos anticipate the needs of Aussies at Christmas will reach a new peak under the pressure of the pandemic.
"Christmas is the busiest time of the year for The Salvos across the country, and we expect this year to be no different. While Christmas is a time of joy and celebration for many, others doing it tough in our community find it an extremely difficult period for them personally," said Port Macquarie Salvation Army Captain Peter Gott.
"The increased isolation, financial stress and mental health impacts of COVID-19 this year will only exacerbate these issues. The Salvos want to leave no one in need this Christmas, and we need the generosity of the public this year to once again partner with us in support of locals doing it really tough."
Last year during the Christmas period, The Salvation Army distributed over 64,000 hampers and vouchers worth over $1.89 million to those finding it almost impossible to make ends meet and gave out over 26,000 gifts and toys to families in need of a hand.
The Salvos also supported the vulnerable by providing over 130,000 meals across the country, more than 66,000 beds for those needing a place to stay and supporting over 10,000 families with accommodation during the festive season.
"Anyone in need this Christmas can reach out to us at the Port Macquarie Salvation Army, 110 Lord Street, Port Macquarie or by calling 02 6583 7604 and we'll do all we can to support you. We don't want anyone to go it alone this year, if you need food, gifts, financial support or are feeling lonely, please get in touch with us," Captain Gott said.
"We are also in need of our local community to dig deep and provide donations to The Salvation Army to ensure that we can support our local community in need this Christmas.
"We are in need of toys, non-perishable food and gift cards and these can be dropped off at Port Macquarie Salvos, 110 Lord Street.
"Christmas offers us a time to reflect and connect with one another and celebrate the joy of community. Connection will be more important than ever this year, so look out for your mate, check in on family and embrace the true meaning of Christmas."
Donate to The Salvation Army's Christmas Appeal at salvationarmy.org.au or by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58).
Donations can also be made in person at any Kmart store.
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