The Salvation Army brings Christmas hope to Redlands

SHARING AT CHRISTMAS: Salvation Army volunteer Tamara Smith with Bayside Salvation Army leader Natalie Frame get food and gifts ready to share with families in need. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

SHARING AT CHRISTMAS: Salvation Army volunteer Tamara Smith with Bayside Salvation Army leader Natalie Frame get food and gifts ready to share with families in need. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

WITH help from the public, the Salvation Army will give food and gifts to more than 300 Redlands families over Christmas.

Bayside Salvation Army leader Natalie Frame said the organisation was running its annual Christmas Cheer operation to help people in need.

They would also hold a Christmas dinner and a Christmas Day service.

She said through donations last year they were able to give presents to 1200 children.

“The joy, hope and relief in those parents that we assist is a real reminder of what Christmas is all about,” she said.

“With your support we will be able to help even more people this year.”

Ms Frame said Christmas was the busiest time of the year for the Salvation Army.

“We would love for the public to join us to give hope where it’s needed most by donating quality, new gifts and non-perishable food items to our centre.”

Ms Frame said they were always in need of food which could include Christmas items such as puddings, cakes, bonbons and napkins, as well as tinned foods, cereals and snacks. 

People could also help by providing gifts, especially for teenagers and young adults.

“Gift cards are great because teens love going shopping but those that we help often don’t get the chance due to their parents’ limited income.”

Ms Frame said families and individuals took up the offers of assistance from the Salvation Army. 

“We have families doing it tough, who have come across hard times,” she said.

Anyone needing assistance or wanting to attend the Christmas dinner on December 17, can call Bayside Salvos Connect on 3824 5222.

The Christmas Day service will be at 9.30am on December 25 at the Salvation Army Bayside at 1-9 Macarthur Street in Alexandra Hills.

Donations can be dropped off at the same address.

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