With Christmas around the corner, the community is being asked to ‘adopt a family’ and help fellow residents doing it tough this festive season.
The Salvation Army is launching its Christmas Appeal on the Sunshine Coast, and this year the organisation is hoping to raise $3 million in Queensland.
Caloundra Corps Auxiliary Lieutenant Karen Clark says after another year of social and economic difficulties, The Salvos anticipates the needs of Queenslanders at Christmas will reach a new peak.
“We are in need of the Sunshine Coast community to dig deep and provide donations to The Salvation Army to ensure that we can support our local community in need this Christmas,” Ms Clark says.
“Christmas is the busiest time of the year for The Salvos, 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. 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 distributed more than 64,000 hampers, more than 26,000 gifts and toys, and $1.89 million worth of vouchers to those finding it difficult to make ends meet.
The Salvos also provides more than 130,000 meals across the country, more than 66,000 beds for those needing a place to stay and support more than 10,000 families with accommodation during the festive season.
“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,” Ms Clark says. “We would also encourage the community to ring our office and adopt a family, so that we can provide a Christmas hamper of food and toys for Christmas Day.”
Caloundra Salvos will be hosting several events from its site at 119 Sugar Bag Road, Little Mountain. This includes a Christmas carol service on December 19 at 5.30pm.
Residents are also being encouraged to shop at Salvos Family Stores at Beerwah, Bli Bli, Caloundra, Maleny, Maroochydore, Coolum, Montville, Nambour and Warana, with funds raised being injected back into the community.
To donate to the Christmas Appeal, visit salvationarmy.org.au, call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or call the Little Mountain office on 5491 8653. Donations can also be made in person at any Salvos or Kmart store, or you can round up your instore purchase at any Myer store or purchase a Myer Charity Bear.
Did you know?
Since it began 34 years ago, the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal has delivered more than eight million gifts to vulnerable Australians in need. The theme for this year’s appeal – Small Gift, Big Heart – has been drawn from the unprecedented need for support that has come about because of the pandemic, and encourages Australians to give what they can, however big or small. The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal runs until December 24, with coin collections running through to the end of January 2022.