Taree Salvos are determined to leave no one behind this Christmas.
The Salvation Army has launched its annual Christmas appeal which aims to raise $12 million to ensure Aussies in need have the Christmas they deserve.
It's especially important this year, following 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.
Many Australians are living below the poverty line, struggling to afford the necessities.
This year, will also see increased numbers of people spending the Christmas period alone, due to the impact of COVID-19.
According to Major Sandy Hogg from Taree Salvos, assistance from the public is needed to ensure everyone gets the support they need this Christmas.
"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," Major Hogg 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 more than $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 65512570 and we'll do all we can to support you," Major Hogg said.
"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."
For financial and emergency assistance, reach out to The Salvos national financial support service on 1300 371 288.
"After the devastating year that has been, it is more important than ever to look out for one another, to connect with each other and embrace the true meaning of Christmas," Major Hogg said.
"This Christmas may you experience peace, joy and hope, as we focus once again on the birth of Christ. From all of us at The Salvos, we wish you a very happy Christmas."
Donate to the appeal at salvationarmy.org.au or by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58). Donations can also be made in person at any Kmart store, or round up your instore purchase at any Myer store.
The Salvos are also planning several COVID-Safe Christmas events and church services. To find out more about our local Christmas activity visit www.salvationarmy.org.au.
The Salvos have helped more than 80,000 people impacted by COVID-19, providing more than $10 million worth of financial assistance.