Salvos ready for greater demand on its services

By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE Gladstone Salvation Army is expecting a greater demand on its resources than previously ex- pected this Christmas ? mostly from the unemployed . The Salvation Army expects to be inundated with requests for assistance, partly because of ris- ing prices.

"We were looking at about 250 families coming to us for help ? it now looks likely to be substan- tially more than that,'' said Ma- jor Bill Hutley yesterday.

While many people in Glad- stone can expect to have plenty of Christmas fare, it is likely others will have to celebrate more mod- estly ? mostly out of Christmas hampers.

"The big needs are for perish- able goods, particularly food items,'' Major Hutley said.

St Vincent de Paul Society Gladstone president Ron Clough said St Vinnies expected to meet the demands made on it this Christmas.

"The people we help are those we probably assist all year, but there will be some extra for Christmas,'' he said.

Mr Clough said some people found it difficult to ask for help, but they were generally well aware of the assistance offered by the charity groups.

He said corporate groups had again been generous with funds this year, but St Vinnies would find use for any further dona- tions, mostly of money, if people wanted to assist.

Both the Salvation Army and the St Vincent de Paul Society de- pend on donations of goods and money to continue their charit- able works.

Also both have opportunity shops for the sale of pre-used items with profits being directed to this work.

Residents wanting to assist can ring the Salvos on 4972 6878 and St Vinnies on 4972 2662.



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