This Christmas, The Salvation Army is encouraging Dural, Glenorie and Hills locals to connect with their community – whether it is through participating in Christmas activities, giving a hand up to someone in need, or reaching out to the Salvos for help.
Christmas is one of the hardest times of year for Australians doing it tough, but Dural Salvation Army Officer, Major Karen Flemming says just a small contribution can make a big difference in helping us to give hope where it’s needed most.
Research from The Salvation Army has revealed that 95 per cent of all households who access the Salvos emergency services are living in poverty, with 74 per cent experiencing food insecurity and 67 per cent reporting that food affordability is their greatest daily challenge.
Christmas is the busiest time of year for the Salvos. Not only is The Salvation Army in Dural running its annual Christmas Cheer operation, to provide toys and food for those in need, it is also celebrating in their Family Stores, putting on a community ‘Carols on the Lawn’ event and preparing for special Advent and Christmas Day services in December.
If you require assistance at Christmas with food and gifts please call (02) 9651 3456.
On Christmas Day, Dural Salvos are inviting the public to gather to celebrate the hope of Jesus and joy of Christmas. The Christmas Day service will be held 9:30am at 277 New Line Rd (entrance off Old Northern Rd), Dural, and everyone is welcome.
Dural area locals are also invited to come for a fun Family evening ‘Carols on the Lawn’ on 15 December with a barbecue, kids jumping castles, face painting and animals from 5:30pm followed by carols.
For more information about what The Salvation Army is doing at Christmas across the country go to salvos.org.au
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To give hope where it’s needed most this Christmas, please donate to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal at salvos.org.au/Christmas or by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58). Donations can also be made in person at any Westpac branch or at Salvo Stores