Help the Salvos spread Christmas cheer

The Salvation Army Heathridge Corps officer Lt Simone Smalley (centre) with volunteers Margaret Fullelove and Karen De Silva are preparing for a busy Christmas appeal. Pictures: David Baylis d496842
The Salvation Army Heathridge Corps officer Lt Simone Smalley (centre) with volunteers Margaret Fullelove and Karen De Silva are preparing for a busy Christmas appeal. Pictures: David Baylis d496842

CHRISTMAS is the busiest time of year for the Salvos.

Not only is The Salvation Army in Heathridge running its annual Christmas Cheer operation to provide toys and food for those in need, it is also holding a Christmas Eve service and taking part in a gift wrapping fundraiser.

“At Christmas, the Salvos will serve more than 100,000 meals, distribute more than 500,000 gifts and toys and support more than 70,000 families in need,” Lieutenant Simone Smalley said.

“But we can only do this with the support of the Australian public.”

The community is encouraged to donate toys and Christmas food items at The Salvation Army in Heathridge or at any Kmart store as part of the Wishing Tree appeal.

People who require help at Christmas with food and gifts can call 9401 3408.

The Salvation Army Heathridge Corps officer Lt Simone Smalley surrounded by Heathridge Salvos volunteers. Picture: David Baylis

Volunteers are also needed to help wrap gifts at Warwick Grove Shopping Centre during December.

For those wanting to attend the Christmas Eve service it will be held at 36 Christmas Avenue, Heathridge from 7pm.

“Whether you are by yourself or with friends and family, Christmas is a time that is best spent together. So join us, so we can share the true spirit of Christmas,” Lt Smalley said.

Donations can also be made to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal at salvationarmy.org.au, by calling 13 SALVOS or in person at any Woolworths checkout, Westpac branch or Salvo Stores.

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