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The Salvation Army is hoping to raise $3 million this year throughout Queensland as it launches the annual Christmas Appeal in Ipswich to support Aussies doing it tough this festive season.
As we near the end of a second year impacted by the social and economic burden of COVID-19, the Salvos anticipate the needs of some Queenslanders at Christmas will reach a new peak under the pressure of the pandemic.
Last year during the Christmas period, The Salvation Army in Queensland distributed more than 9000 hampers and vouchers worth close to $300,000 to those finding it almost impossible to make ends meet, and gave out gifts and toys to nearly 4000 families in need.
“Anyone in need this Christmas can reach out to us at Ipswich Salvation Army by calling (07) 3812 3117 (business Hours Wednesday–Friday) and we’ll do all we can to support you,” Lieutenant Rita Biermann of the Ipswich Corps said.
“We are also in need of the Ipswich community to dig deep and provide donations to The Salvation Army to ensure that we can support our local community in need this Christmas. Donation points include the Kmart Wishing Tree at Riverlink and Yamanto Central, as well as our mission centre at 62 South Street, Ipswich. We are in need of both toys and non-perishable food for Christmas hampers. These can be dropped off Wednesday to Friday at our mission centre 62 South Street during business hours.”