Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas is a time for giving


One of the things I love most about my workplace is the spirit of giving (and not only at Christmas time). We are diamond partners of the NBCF and at Christmas time each year we join forces with The Salvation Army over the festive season to provide much appreciated Christmas gifts for children and give back to the community. We know that this year with floods, fires and the price of food rising, this festive season will see a significant increase of families in need of assistance.

The Salvation Army expects to provide more than $10 million worth of goods to more than 350,000 people in need across Australia. This will include the distribution of over 100,000 food vouchers and hampers and nearly half a million toys!

Major Neil Dickson of The Salvation Army said, “Over the Christmas period, financial strain, relationship issues, alcohol abuse, mental health issues and domestic violence all peak and people often struggle to make ends meet.”

During this time of year synonymous with fun and celebration, children often go without many luxuries. We add a little bit of sparkle back into these children’s eyes by donating special gifts to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal.

We know it has been a real hard year for most but the events of 2011 have hit some people harder than others. We hope to give back by donating special gifts for children who may not have many luxuries in life. We want to help in any way possible.

We alternate between non-perishable food items and toys each year and I think we had a record number of donations this year - over 50 presents! We have been advised that this year's gifts will be going to women and children at the local Stillwaters refuge delivered Santa style in the dead of the night.

Why not make your office Christmas party extra special this year and make a donation to The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal like we do - visit www.salvos.org.au

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