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Amy's Story

Amy was a mum of three, and eight months pregnant, when her husband Ben died the week before Christmas two years ago.

“It was the week before Christmas when my husband, Ben, died. I was 8 months pregnant.

With three young children, I was lost, and didn’t know where to turn.”
- Amy

When she came to us, Amy was broke – and broken-hearted.  She felt alone and overwhelmed after Ben died.

So we organised Ben’s funeral. Took Amy's daughter, Grace, for surfing lessons. Put food in the family’s kitchen cupboard. Phoned up to make sure Amy was doing OK. Helped her start again.

Baby Gemma was born safely a month after Ben died. It's been a hard road but now, Amy is training to be a nurse.

When a mum from a ‘normal’ family like Amy’s cannot feed her family, there has to be someone she can turn to. That someone is you, giving your care through the Salvos. Amy agreed to share her story to help you see the impact you can make on people’s lives through the Salvos.

When it feels life is over, you offer new beginnings … bringing hope where it’s needed most.

This Christmas, 70,000 people like Amy will need Salvos care and we don’t know how we are going to meet the needs of all the people who will come to us for care.

Times get tougher and families simply cannot manage.

When people like Amy turn to the Salvos ... we turn to you people like you.

Bring joy to families doing it tough at Christmas. Help make sure there’s food in the cupboard, and gifts for the children.

Please donate to our Christmas Appeal today.

Amy's Story | The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal

Facts you may not know about Christmas

  • One in 10 Australians report they cannot afford to buy enough food.
  • Salvos aim to provide 10,000 meals in 150 centres during Christmas week.
  • 2.5 million Australians live below the poverty line. 603,000 are children.
  • In the six weeks to 25 December 2015, Australians spent $47 billion on Christmas.
  • More than 70,000 people will come to the Salvos for care.