Leave no one in need in Coffs Coast this Christmas

THE Salvation Army is launching their annual Christmas Appeal in the hopes of raising $23 million nationally to ensure no Aussie is left in need during the festive season.

Coffs Harbour Salvos is working hard in an effort to support the increase of people and families they predict to see over the Christmas period but they need support financially as well as materially.

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“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, rental increases, we’re expecting even more individuals and families will need support this year, and we want to do our best to get a gift into the hands of children who may not otherwise get anything on Christmas Day,” said Andrew van Gaalen.

In order to support those doing it tough, The Salvation Army is calling on the kindness, generosity and giving spirit of the local community to help make Christmas a joyful time for everyone.

“If you can afford to lend a hand or make a donation, you’ll be making a huge difference to those locals who are really struggling,” said Mr van Gaalen.

“We are in need of toys and non-perishable foods, which can be dropped off at 40 Mastracolas Road, Coffs Harbour (right behind Spotlight).

“Or if you’d like to volunteer, please call us on 02 6690 1700.”

During the Christmas period last year, thanks to the generosity of the Australian public, The
Salvation Army nationally distributed:

● over 64,000 hampers and vouchers to those struggling to make ends meet,

● over 26,000 gifts and toys to families who might otherwise have gone without,

● over 130,000 meals,

● and provided more than 66,000 beds for over 10,000 families in need of accommodation
during the festive season.*

Coffs Harbour Salvos will be hosting a number of local events this year, including a Carols Service on 18 December at 9:30am and a Christmas Day service at 9:30am.

“We would love to see you at any of our events, church services or community programs during the festive season,” said Mr van Gaalen.

“For those needing food or gifts, or feeling down or lonely this Christmas, please reach out to us by calling 02 6690 1700.

“For financial and emergency assistance, please reach out to our national financial support service on 02 8775 7988 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday).”

The Salvation Army also encourages community members looking for affordable Christmas shopping options to consider Salvos Stores.

Whether gift-shopping or looking for Christmas decorations and treats, there’s always something special to be found.

Not only will you save on your Christmas shopping, but 100 percent of the profits raised support The Salvos community work across the country.

“Most importantly, take time to remember that Christmas is all about Jesus and the hope and peace that He brings to all who call on and follow Him, and in this Christmas season let’s not forget connection, community, friends, and family.

“Reach out to people.

“Spend time with those you care about.

“And if Christmas is a hard or lonely time for you, remember that your local Salvos family is always just down the road.

“From all of us at The Salvos, we wish you a peace and hope-filled Christmas,” said Mr van Gaalen.

You can find all the Christmas event information at salvationarmy.org.au/events, or 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.

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