Spreading hope this Christmas

‘TIS the season of giving and the Hobart community is once again invited to make a difference in the lives of others by donating to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal.

This Christmas Appeal will connect Hobart communities together through participation in Christmas activities, giving a hand up to someone in need and reaching out for help.

For some members of the community, Christmas is the hardest time of the year.

Hobart Salvation Army corps officer Captain Johnmark Snead said a small contribution could make a big difference in helping give hope where it was needed most.

“For just $29 you can provide food on the table and a present under the Christmas tree to help give hope to someone in need this Christmas,” he said.

Research from The Salvation Army has revealed that 95 per cent of all households that access the Salvos emergency services are living in poverty.

Of these households, 74 per cent experience food insecurity and 67 per cent report that food affordability is their greatest daily challenge.

“At Christmas, the Salvos will serve more than 100,000 meals, distribute more than 500,000 gifts and toys and support more than 70,000 families in need,” Captain Snead said.

“We can only do this with the support of the Australian public.”

The Salvation Army is holding a free Christmas lunch at 180 Elizabeth Street in Hobart on 23 December at 4pm.

If you require assistance at Christmas with food and gifts, please phone 6231 1345.

On Christmas Day, The Salvation Army is holding a Christmas Day service at 10am. All are welcome to attend.

Hobart locals are also invited to attend The Salvation Army’s carols service at 6pm on 16 December at Hobart Salvos.

“Whether you are by yourself or with friends and family, Christmas is a time that is best spent together,” Captain Snead said.

“So join us so we can share the true spirit of Christmas.”

For more information about what The Salvation Army is doing at Christmas, visit salvos.org.au.

Caption: From left, Doorways program facilitator Natalie Hayes with corps officers Captain Nicole Snead and Captain Johnmark Snead, of The Salvation Army.