With more than 300,000 people seeking help from The Salvation Army each year during the festive season, REIWA is encouraging West Australians to get behind the Salvos’ Annual Christmas Appeal to help bring holiday cheer to those in need.
REIWA President Damian Collins said the holiday season can be especially challenging for those struggling to make ends meet.
“This is the sixth consecutive year REIWA has been involved in the Christmas Appeal and I’m hoping the community digs deep to help make 2019 our most successful appeal yet.
“For those wanting to get involved, you can donate unwrapped gifts or non-perishable food items to one of the 30 designated REIWA agency collection points near you. The Salvos need gifts to suit all age groups, so any item you donate will be put to good use.
“Every contribution, no matter how big or small, can make a difference to the lives of our fellow West Australians who are doing it tough,” Mr Collins said.
The Salvation Army Public Relations Secretary Warren Palmer said while the festive season can be a joyous time of year, it can also be an exceptionally difficult time given the added pressures the cost of Christmas brings.
“We are really grateful for the support that REIWA, its agents and the wider community provide,” Mr Palmer said.
“More and more people are turning to The Salvation Army for assistance. Through the generosity of REIWA agents and their communities, we are able to help those in need fill their cupboards with festive foods and provide gifts for their children bringing some cheer in an otherwise difficult time.”
The Salvos’ Christmas Appeal will run until Thursday, 12 December. REIWA staff members will pick up the donations from the agency collection points and drop off to the Salvos in time for Christmas. Gifts can also be dropped off to REIWA at 215 Hay Street, Subiaco.