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Connect with The Salvation Army this Christmas

21 December 2018

The Salvation Army is encouraging people to connect with each other this Christmas to appreciate the true meaning of the festive season.

New research commissioned through Roy Morgan as part of The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal has revealed over 2 million Australians feel socially isolated at Christmas.

Major Bruce Harmer of The Salvation Army says no one should have to go at it alone, especially at this time of year.

“The Salvation Army has a network of local centres around the nation offering a range of activities leading up to Christmas, including Christmas Carol events, community Christmas lunches and church services for people who wish to connect at Christmas time,” Major Harmer says.

With 3 million Australians likely to contact a charity for help with the basic necessities this Christmas*, Major Harmer says it is important to remember those who are doing it tough this Christmas.

“Hardship and loneliness hits hardest during the Christmas period. For the Salvos, it’s our busiest time of year, with more than 300,000 turning to us for support. We also serve 100,000 meals and distribute half a million toys for Aussies in need,” Major Harmer says.

The Salvation Army urges anyone in need of assistance this Christmas to reach out for support.

For anyone who would like to donate to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal, a gift of $29 will allow the Salvos to put food on the table and presents under the tree for people in need of support this Christmas.

“For just a small donation you can help us provide a hand up for Aussies in need and give hope where it’s needed most this Christmas.”

To find out what’s happening at your local Salvos this Christmas, or to donate The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal, please visit or call 13 72 58 (13 SALVOS).

* Source: The Salvation Army's Roy Morgan Christmas research

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