The countdown to Christmas has begun in earnest with Castlemaine’s Salvos launching their annual Christmas appeal following an upsurge in calls for assistance.
“In the last month or two the need for assistance has definitely gone up,” the Salvation Army’s Captain Annita Allman said.
“We’ve seen a bigger need with some people out of work because of COVID.
“We are seeing some new families contacting us for assistance.”
Captain David Allman says the impacts of COVID have exacerbated hardship for local households already doing it tough in the lead up to the often costly Christmas festive season.
The two local Salvation Army captains are encouraging everyone who is in a position to be able to help to pitch in and donate to their annual Christmas appeal launched in Castlemaine this week.
While Christmas is a time of joy and celebration for many, others doing it tough in our community find it an extremely difficult period for them personally,” Captain Allman says. Read more in today’s Mail…