Christmas is an exciting and joyful time for most families across Australia, but it can also be a financial drain even for the modest income earner. That’s where the Salvation Army comes in.
The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal is in full swing in Kalgoorlie-Boulder with local schools, businesses and the Kmart Wishing Tree helping families across the community to share in the spirit of giving and receiving this Christmas.
For over 100 years the Salvation Army has been looking after the needs of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder community and making sure locals have food on the table at Christmas and toys for the children to play with.
Local Salvation Army corps officer Bethany Baillee said anyone could apply for support with new toys and a hamper.
“We find that families who would otherwise not be able to afford to buy new toys for Christmas come through, walk out with a smile knowing their kids will love them,” Mrs Baillee remarked.
“It is a sigh of relief for families doing it tough.”
The Salvos are requesting unwrapped gifts and hamper items.
“What is most needed for the hampers is Christmas cakes or puddings, chocolates, long life custard, canned vegetables, and fruit,” Mrs Baillee said.
“We also always struggle with enough toys for teenagers.”
“Vouchers for stores like E.B.Games and Kmart are helpful as we all know teenagers can be hard to buy for.”
So consider adding an extra long-life milk to the trolley next time you’re at the shop. For as little as one dollar you could be making a big difference to someone’s Christmas day.
For drop-off locations and more information contact corp officers BJ and Bethany Baillee on 9021 2255 or drop goods off at the mission centre at 50 Oberthur Street, South Kalgoorlie, Monday, Tuesday, Friday 10am to 3pm and Thursdays from noon to 3pm.