Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Appeal Goes out to Spread Cheer; Christmas a Time to Help Others

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Appeal Goes out to Spread Cheer; Christmas a Time to Help Others

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THE Salvos are urging Gympie people to help others in need by donating to this year's Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.

Gympie's Major Peter Maynard said locals were asked to help in any way they can as funds were badly needed to help people in crisis.

Major Maynard said The Salvation Army expected to help more than 300,000 Australians with basics such as food, bills and accommodation this Christmas.

"The festive season can be a difficult time for people who are alone, facing hard times or struggling financially," he said.

"We're asking everyone in the local area to look out for others in their community and to try to help those who may be lonely or struggling at this time.

"They say the key is to share some hope and joy."

Major Maynard said poverty and financial hardship could be extremely isolating experiences.

"This can hit home even more during the Christmas and New Year period.

"Whilst people are gathering to enjoy time with family and friends for the celebrations, some people cannot afford to even buy a gift, get together with friends or go on any kind of holiday. …

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