Bundaberg Region residents are being called on to help raise $20 million this year to support the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.
As Australians near the end of a second year that has been impacted by the 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, and we expect this year to be no different,” Bundaberg Salvation Army Major Chris Millard said.
“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.
“The increased isolation, financial stress and mental health impacts of COVID-19 this year will only exacerbate these issues.
Salvation Army mission to leave no one in need on Christmas
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 across Australia during the Christmas period, The Salvation Army distributed over 64,000 hampers and vouchers worth over $1.89 million to those finding it almost impossible to make ends meet and gave out over 26,000 gifts and toys to families in need.
The Salvos also supported the vulnerable by providing over 130,000 meals across the country, more than 66,000 beds for those needing a place to stay and supporting over 10,000 families with accommodation during the festive season.
“Anyone in need this Christmas can reach out to us at Bundaberg by calling 07 4151 3014 and we’ll do all we can to support you,” Major Millard 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.
“We are asking our local community to dig deep this holiday season and provide donations to The Salvation Army to ensure that we can support anyone in need this Christmas.
“We are in need of non-perishable food, toys and toiletries. Donations can be dropped off at 110 McCarthy Rd, Bundaberg.”
Salvation Army Christmas events help raise funds
The Salvation Army will be hosting a number of local events this year, including The Annual Toy Run on 4 December, a Community Carols Night on 18 November and a Christmas Day service.
For financial and emergency assistance, please reach out to our national financial support service on 1300 371 288 (9 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday).
The Salvation Army’s network of for-purpose retail stores, Salvos Stores and Family Stores, also provide a great affordable option for your Christmas shopping this year.
“Christmas offers us a time to reflect and connect with one another and celebrate the joy of community,” Major Millard said.
“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.”
To leave no one in need this Christmas, please donate to The Salvation Army 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.