The Salvation Army is hoping to raise $3 million this year throughout Queensland as they launch their annual Christmas Appeal on the Southern Downs to support Aussies doing it tough this festive season.
As we near the end of a second year impacted by the social and economic burden of Covid-19, the Salvos anticipate the needs of some Queenslanders at Christmas will reach a new peak under the pressure of the pandemic.
“Christmas is the busiest time of the year for The Salvation Army across Queensland, 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,” Captain Leanne Hardaker of the Southern Downs Corps said.
“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 in Queensland distributed over 9,000 hampers and vouchers worth close to $300,000 to those finding it almost impossible to make ends meet and gave out gifts and toys to nearly 4,000 families in need.*
During the past twelve months, the Salvos also supported the vulnerable by providing nearly 20,000 meals across the state and 10,000 nights of accommodation for those needing a place to stay.
“Anyone in need this Christmas can reach out to their local Salvation Army centre or by calling 1300 371 288 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 Hardaker said.
The Salvation Army’s network of for-purpose retail stores, Salvos Stores, also provide a great affordable option for your Christmas shopping this year. Whether it’s a fresh Christmas Day outfit, present ideas for the family or a DIY decoration project for the house, there is always something special to be found.
“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. From all of us at The Salvos, we wish you a very happy Christmas,” Captain Hardaker said.
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 Salvos Store and Kmart store.