The Salvation Army is hoping to raise $20M countrywide this year through its annual Christmas Appeal and is appealing for local support.
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 people at Christmas will reach a new peak under the pressure of the pandemic.
Major Carole Smith of the Gosford Salvation Army office said Christmas is the busiest time of the year for Salvos across the country.
“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 Gosford Corps by calling 4367 6200 and we’ll do all we can to support you.
“If you need food, gifts, financial support or are feeling lonely, please get in touch with us.
“We are also (need) our local community to dig deep and provide donations.
“We are in need of toys, non-perishable food and gift cards and these can be dropped off at 120 Central Coast Hwy, Green Point.”
Smith said Salvos Stores on the Coast also provide a great affordable option for Christmas shopping.
“Whether it is 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,” she said.
“Not only does Salvos Stores provide great value on quality items, it is also environmentally friendly and supports the work of The Salvos across the country with all profits going towards Salvation Army Community Programs.
“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.”
You can 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, or round up your instore purchase at any Myer store.
For financial and emergency assistance, reach out to the national financial support service on 1300 371 288 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday).
Verified information source: Salvation Army media