Christmas is a season of hope, and The Salvation Army in Young is encouraging people to give hope where it’s needed most this festive season.
“Last year, through the generous support of our local community, we were able to assist a number of families and individuals in need,” says Young Salvation Army officer, Lieutenant Lesley Newton.
“The joy, hope and relief in the faces of those assisted is a real reminder of what Christmas is all about.
“With your support we will be able to help even more people this year.”
Not only is The Salvation Army in Young running its annual Christmas Cheer operation to provide toys and food for those in need, it is also participating in the Combined Churches Carols event and preparing for a special Christmas Day service.
“Christmas is the busiest time of the year for The Salvation Army,” says Lesley.
People needing Christmas assistance can contact (02) 6382 5252 to book an assessment, or fill out an application form at the Young Salvation Army Family Store.
Young locals are also invited to attend the Combined Churches Carols event on December 18 at Carrington Park from 6pm.
“The carols event is a great time to put aside the busyness and stress of Christmas and focus on the joy and peace that is found in the true meaning of the season,” says Lesley.
On Christmas Day itself, The Salvation Army is inviting the public to gather together to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
“We believe Jesus is the hope of the world and His love compels us to do what we do. Our Christmas Church service is family friendly and a great way to celebrate what Christmas is all about – the birth of Jesus. There’ll be a real festive atmosphere, please join us!” says Lesley.
The Salvation Army’s Christmas Day service will be held on Sunday, December 25 at The Salvation Army, 38-44 Clarke Street, Young at 10am.
To find out more information about what The Salvation Army is doing at Christmas across the country, go to salvos.org.au Share your photos on social media using the hashtag #givehope
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