THE festive season can be anything but merry for |people going through hard times.
The St Vincent de Paul Society runs its annual Christmas Appeal so people in need have someone to turn to.
Society chief executive Mark Fitzpatrick said far too many people were facing a sad Christmas season.
“This has been a particularly hard year with Perth households under severe financial stress and with record unemployment rates, leaving many families and individuals struggling,” he said.
“The number of people the society has assisted with emergency relief has increased by 30 per cent in the past year with a total of 48,748 individuals receiving assistance.
“Single parents with children made up 42.8 per cent of people seeking assistance, with food the most requested item.
“Christmas time provides another level of stress to |people who are already struggling, often compounded by feelings of guilt for parents who are unable to provide gifts or a decent meal.
“At what should be a time of joy and celebration, far too many people face a bleak Christmas and we want to make sure we can help as many people as we can,”
Last year volunteers at St Vincent’s delivered more than 2000 hampers to people in need.
Donations can be made by calling 13 18 12 or visiting www.vinnies.org.au/christmasappeal.