Give to the Salvos
We are the lucky country.
But our luck and good lifestyle comes at the expense of, or is in stark contrast to those less well off; those who are disadvantaged.
It’s Christmas and our thoughts turn to those who won’t have a very merry Christmas.
I was reading the back of a Christmas card sent to me.
The purchase of the card provided a donation to the Salvation Army.
I was staggered to read:
The Salvation Army helps more than one million disadvantaged Australians each year without discrimination; this includes people who are hungry, homeless, abandoned or abused; that's one person helped every 30 seconds.
One million people (out of a population of 23 million) need help from the Salvos each year. In NZ, the Salvos help 120,000 people.
Each week in Australia the Salvos provide:
· 100,000 meals for the hungry
· 2,000 beds for the homeless
· 5,000 to 8,000 food vouchers
· 1,000 people with assistance in finding employment
· Refuge to 500 victims of abuse
· Assistance to 500 people addicted to drugs, alcohol or gambling
· Several thousand people with counselling
· 3,000 elderly people with aged care services
· Family tracing services which locate 40 missing family members
· 1,000 people in the court system with chaplaincy services
Other services provided:
· Family welfare assistance
· Refuge for women & children in crisis
· Homeless shelters
· Youth drop-in centres and support programs
· Emergency and disaster relief
· Drug and alcohol rehabilitation
· Family Tracing
· Bereaved by Suicide support
· Aged care
· Intellectual disability programs
· Employment services and training programs
· Rural and outback chaplains
· Court & prison chaplains
· Chaplains to emergency service personnel
· Holiday camps for disadvantaged children
· Youth recreation centres and quality child care centres in high-need areas
· Counselling and support for children with special needs.
This Christmas, consider a gift of money to the Salvation Army.
It really is the best Aussie charity to make the most impact for those in need.