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," Major Sandy Hogg said.
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"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."
"Anyone in need this Christmas can reach out to us at Taree by calling our Family Store on 6552 6105 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," Major Hogg 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 (particularly for older children), gift cards or monetary donations, and these can be dropped off at 67 Pulteney Street, Taree.
"Everyone is invited to join the Christmas morning service at 9am to share Christmas joy and celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, being held at 55 Manning Street, Taree."
For financial and emergency assistance, reach out to the Salvation Army's national financial support service on 1300 371 288 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday).
Donate to The Salvation Army's Christmas Appeal at salvationarmy.org.au or by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58).
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