Local charities and businesses are helping spread some Christmas cheer.November 22, 2012 4:56am
Harvey Norman franchisee Chris Heikkinen, Salvation Army Captain Patricia Day and Vinnies Services Deniliquin manager Pat Fogarty.
The Deniliquin Salvation Army and Vinnies Services are helping everyone have a merry Christmas.
While most people look forward to the holiday season, for some December is stressful and difficult.
However, the ‘Salvos’ and Vinnies are working with local people and businesses to help ease the burden.
Salvation Army Captain David Day is asking locals to donate goodies at either of two Christmas trees — at Harvey Norman and the Bendigo Bank.
The treats under the trees will be donated to those who need a helping hand this Christmas.
‘‘This is the time of year when people find that things begin to get a little overwhelming,’’ Capt Day said.
‘‘It seems that bills arrive at just the wrong time and with food and gifts for Christmas in the back of everybody’s mind it can seem to be unmanageable.
‘‘Last year local services, including ourselves at the Salvation Army, handed out hampers of food and gifts to over 200 local families.
‘‘This year we would like the ability to help even more who may be in need.’’
The Salvation Army is particularly asking for food items for Christmas hampers.
‘‘Presents are good, but it is non-perishable food that really puts needed items into the homes of local families,’’ Capt Day said.
‘‘Maybe you buy a jar of pasta sauce? Why not buy two and drop one under the tree? Tinned food, like veggies, ham and fruit, as well as pre-packaged items like instant pasta and rice meals, sweets and snacks are a great idea.’’
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