The Salvation Army is launching its annual Christmas Appeal, aiming to raise $12 million to ensure Aussies in need have the Christmas they deserve, particularly after a devastating year of bushfires, drought and COVID-19.
Although Christmas is a time of joy for many Australians, those doing it tough will find the festive season ahead the most challenging and difficult time of the year.
This year, will also see increased numbers of people spending the Christmas period alone, due to the impact of COVID-19.
"Christmas is the busiest time of the year for our Salvation Army personnel, and we are expecting to see a large increase in demand for our services this year due to the challenges raised through drought, bushfires and COVID-19," Nowra Captain Matthew Sutcliffe said.
"We would ask you to support our Christmas Appeal this year, to help us leave no one in need this Christmas."
At Christmas, Salvation Army teams will distribute more than 30,000 hampers and vouchers, give out over $1.3 million worth of gifts and toys and support more than 50,000 families in need.
The Salvos will also provide more than 130,000 meals, more than 65,000 beds for those who need a place to stay and provide more than 7,600 families with accommodation during the festive season.
"Anyone in need this Christmas can reach out to us by calling 02 4423 2102. 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 Sutcliffe said.
"We are also planning to have a number of COVID-Safe Christmas events and church services this festive season."
To find out more about our local Christmas activity visit www.salvationarmy.org.au.
For financial and emergency assistance, please reach out to The Salvos' national financial support service on 1300 371 288 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday).
To leave no one in need this Christmas, please 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.