The Salvation Army has launched its annual Christmas Appeal for 2022 with the aim of raising $3.1 million in Queensland to ensure no one is left in need during the festive season.
Here in Moreton Bay, the Pine Rivers Salvation Army is calling on the kindness, generosity and giving spirit of the community to help them raise $10,000.
Major Lyn Cook of The Salvation Army’s Pine Rivers Corp says they hope to make Christmas a joyful time for everyone.
“Christmas is always the busiest time of the year for The Salvos – but add a turbulent year with drastic increases to the cost of living – and we’re expecting even more individuals and families will need support so that no one is left in need and no child goes without a gift on Christmas Day,” Lyn says.
“We are in need of toys, non-perishable food items, and gifts for teenagers and adults, which can be dropped off Tuesday to Thursday mornings.
“If you can afford to lend a hand or make a donation, you’ll be making a huge difference to those who are really struggling.”
Lyn is also encouraging those who are worried about putting food on the table this festive season to reach out.
“For those needing food or gifts, or feeling down or lonely this Christmas, please reach out to us at The Salvation Army Pine Rivers by calling 3285 2401,” Lyn explains.
“For financial and emergency assistance, please reach out to our Queensland financial support service on 3001 6288 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday).”
The Pine Rivers Salvos will also be hosting a number of community events in the lead up to Christmas, including Carols on Sunday, December 4 at 6pm, and a Christmas Day service at 9am.
“Leaving no one in need also means leaving no one lonely this Christmas,” Lyn says.
“We would love to see you at any of our events, church services or community programs during the festive season.”
The Pine Rivers Salvation Army is located at 27-29 Lawnton Pocket Road, Lawnton.
For more information about the appeal, visit www.salvationarmy.org.au or phone 13 SALVOS (13 72 58)
Donations can be made in person at any Salvos store and Kmart store, or round up your instore purchase at any Myer store.
The Salvation Army also encourages community members looking for affordable Christmas shopping options to consider Salvos Stores. Not only will you save on your Christmas shopping, but 100% of the profits support The Salvos community work across the country.
Facts about The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army was established in Australia in 1880, with Queensland operations beginning in 1885.
Today, there are more than 250 established Salvation Army churches across Australia.
Every 17 seconds, the Salvation Army help someone at one of their services of programs, with three people being supported every minute.
Thanks to the generosity of the Queensland public, during last year’s Christmas season The
Salvation Army nationally distributed:
● More than 9,500 hampers and vouchers to those struggling to make ends meet;
● Nearly 4,000 gifts and toys to families who might otherwise have gone without;
● More than 19,500 meals;
● And provided more than 9,900 beds for over 1,500 families in need of accommodation.
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