The Salvation Army is busy distributing vouchers, hampers and toys to 450 local people as part of the Christmas Cheer program.
Donations to the Mayor’s Community Christmas Appeal provides Uniting Care, ac.care, Lifeline SE, St Vincent de Paul and The Salvation Army with funds to support the needy within the community during the Christmas period each year.
“The money from the Mayor’s Community Christmas Appeal provides gift vouchers to enable people to go and do their shopping and gift vouchers for the older children,” The Salvation Army Captain Judy Shaw said.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, The Salvation Army ‘elves’ spent the past week packaging up donated toys for 150 children.
“While people don’t get to choose their toys as they normally would, age appropriate gifts have been specifically chosen for each child.”
The Salvation Army has received more than 100 additional requests for assistance over the festive period in 2020.
“The Community Access Network which includes representatives from all of the local agencies have been working together to provide support to our community on Christmas Day.”
“We have referred more than 20 clients to other agencies this year as we are at capacity,” Captain Shaw said.