Appeal to uplift lives this Christmas

Tamra CarrGeraldton Guardian
Salvation Army Geraldton captain Scott Norman gets in touch with his inner child at Toyland.
Camera IconSalvation Army Geraldton captain Scott Norman gets in touch with his inner child at Toyland. Credit: Tamra Carr, The Geraldton Guardian

Salvation Army Geraldton has launched an appeal to help 150 Mid West families struggling this festive season.

The Salvos will spend this month interviewing parents who have applied or been referred to the charity for Christmas support, which involves providing them with toys, clothes, non-perishable food and festive meals like turkey and ham.

The organisation has already approached Geraldton schools and businesses to encourage activities like food can drives and other fundraising activities.

Meanwhile, it is also preparing for the annual December motorbike toy run, to collect fun items for children in struggling families.

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Salvation Army captain Scott Norman said the organisation traditionally received a lot of baby toys, but its clients typically had children in the six to eight-year-old or teenage bracket.

“There’s an average of about three kids per family and they all receive two or three toys each,” Mr Norman said. “We also sometimes get requests for adult presents, as Mum and Dad give everything they have to the children and often there isn’t much left over for themselves.”

Mr Norman said the charity’s Christmas families usually suffered a mix of unemployment, underemployment and mental health issues and were unable to find adequate support or work to rebuild their lives.

People interested in applying for Salvation Army support should contact the organisation’s Ainsworth Street location on 9964 3627.

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