With Christmas just around the corner, The Salvation Army is encouraging Parkes and Forbes locals to connect with their community – whether it’s participating in Christmas activities, reaching out for help, or giving to people in crisis.
“Christmas can be a challenging and lonely time for some, and we don’t want anyone to have to go it alone,” Forbes/Parkes Salvation Army officer Captain Meaghan Gallagher said.
“Through the incredible generosity of our local community, we were able to assist many families and individuals in need last year.
“The Salvos plan to help even more people this year, so we are gearing up to Christmas. We would like to encourage those who are able, to embrace the spirit of giving this Christmas.”
Christmas is the busiest time of year for the Salvos. Not only is The Salvation Army in Forbes and Parkes running its Christmas Cheer operation to provide toys and food for those in need, it is also preparing for a special Christmas Eve service.
“We will need all hands on deck this Christmas, so join us and give hope where it’s needed most,” Capt Gallagher said.
“Whether it’s by donating or volunteering just a few hours of your time, you can make a meaningful difference and bring comfort and joy to Aussies doing it tough.”
Donations of new quality new toys and non-perishable food items can be dropped off at Forbes Family Store (19 Rankin Street, Forbes) from Tuesday to Friday (9:30am – 3:30pm).
Emergency supplies, gifts and assistance will also be available for those in need, by calling 02 6852 2133.
On Christmas Eve, The Salvation Army is inviting the public to their service at The Salvation Army, 128 Rankin Street, Forbes at 9:30am.
“Our service is family friendly and a great way to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. There will be fun activities for the kids and a real festive atmosphere, so come along and join us,” Capt Gallagher said.
If you’re able to give to The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal, $29 can provide a box of emergency supplies or put a gift under the tree for someone in need.
“Everyone’s circumstances are different, so giving money rather than goods helps us support each person in the way that will help them the most,” Captain Gallagher said.