With record numbers of families needing access to food, clothing, and other essentials this year, The Salvation Army is calling on South Australians to make someone’s Christmas a little bit brighter.
“Already thousands of families around South Australia have registered with us, both across the metropolitan and regional areas of the state,” Community Support Services Director SA, Margaret Davies, says.
“We anticipate up to 9500 will be assisted this Christmas period through our Community Support Service Centres,” she said.
While many South Australians will dig deep this Christmas to help these thousands in need, Margaret says there is a lack of awareness about what people need most.
“We receive a lot of cuddly teddy bears and toys for the young ones, which is wonderful, but we try to provide for everyone, particularly teenagers and women.
“Personal care products like deodorant and moisturiser can really make women feel a bit special for a little while” she said.
“This year we received a wonderful donation from the sterilised feminine hygiene company, Pureste, which will help enormously at giving these women some dignity this Christmas.
“Mothers tend to access our support services for their families, and it tends to be their hygiene needs that slip off the shopping list. These products aren’t a luxury for most Australians but for these women they are, and this donation by Pureste shows them that someone cares.”
Aside from material items, one of the greatest gifts, Margaret says, is to give time and friendship.
“We are also in need of volunteers at this time of year, to distribute gifts. It is often a simple chat that can brighten someone’s day.”
Non-perishable goods and monetary contributions remain staple donations, but gift vouchers are also a successful alternative.
“For the value of $20 a gift voucher can provide a teenager with a trendy t-shirt or some makeup, or whatever will mean something for that individual, and brighten up their Christmas a little bit,” Margaret said.
“We sincerely thank every South Australian who shares the spirit of Christmas with somebody this year,” she said.
The Salvation Army has 23 centres across the state and provides emergency relief to families in need. To make a donation or volunteer please visit www.salvationarmy.org.au or call 13SALVOS. To access services, please contact your local Salvation Army Centre.
Julia LoughlinP: (08) 8114 6166
M: 0422 281 915
Founded by a group of friends in Adelaide, Pureste is the first feminine hygiene company throughout Australia to produce 100% sterilised tampons, pads and pantyliners. Driven by a desire to encourage female wellbeing and peace of mind, Pureste seeks opportunities to support and empower women of all ages.
In 2009 Pureste partnered with the McGrath Foundation to “pink” Team McGrath on the tracks of V8 Supercars, and with sole female driver in the league, Leanne Tander, embodied girl power and raised breast cancer awareness.
This Christmas Pureste is pleased to provide the Salvation Army with product supplies for women in need, and looks forward to exploring community outreach initiatives into 2010.
For more information about Pureste visit: www.pureste.com.au