ROCKINGHAM Salvation Army members are reporting much higher need this year – compared to the same time last year.
Corps officer Lieutenant Darrell Wilson said their Christmas appeal was called Christmas Cheer.
“We started our Christmas Cheer applications in the first week of November,” he said.
“Last year at this same stage we had about 75 applications; this year we have close to 150 already.
“Over the whole Christmas period in 2016 we assisted over 300 families and individuals who applied.
“This year, if current application trends continue, we will be looked to assist well over 400.”
Lt Wilson said he did not have a clear explanation for the increase in demand.
“Perhaps we are seeing the impact of continued increase in basic living expenses over multiple years, which seems to impact especially at this time of year,” he said.
“We have also had the opportunity throughout the year to promote our services through the development of stronger partnerships with other agencies, which would increase awareness of the help that we offer to our community.”
Lt Wilson said the Salvation Army worked alongside others to build healthy communities.
“We never do this alone,” he said.
“Last year I was amazed at the level in which people in our community partnered with us to bring hope to those who needed it.
“This is what healthy communities do.
“This year we need to rally again to help everyone in our community have a wonderful Christmas filled with hope and joy.”
To help, visit facebook.com/Rockysalvos or drop off donations at the Salvation Army at 5 Willmott Drive, Cooloongup.