The Salvation Army encourages Moree residents to spread hope this Christmas

Moree Salvation Army program manager Jason Poutawa and his son Israel encourage Moree residents to spread hope this Christmas.

Moree Salvation Army program manager Jason Poutawa and his son Israel encourage Moree residents to spread hope this Christmas.

This Christmas, the Salvation Army is encouraging Moree locals to connect with their community – whether it is through participating in Christmas activities, giving a hand up to someone in need, or reaching out to the Salvos for help.

Christmas is one of the hardest times of year for Australians doing it tough, but Moree Salvation Army program managers Jason and Jessica Poutawa said that even a small contribution can make a big difference in helping give hope where it’s needed most.

“For just $29 you can provide food on the table to help give hope to someone in need this Christmas,” Mr Poutawa said.

Research from The Salvation Army has revealed that 95 per cent of all households who access the Salvos emergency services are living in poverty, with 74 per cent experiencing food insecurity and 67 per cent reporting that food affordability is their greatest daily challenge.

“At Christmas, the Salvos will serve over 100,000 meals, distribute more than 500,000 gifts and toys and support more than 70,000 families in need. But we can only do this with the support of the Australian public,” Mr Poutawa said.

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Christmas is the busiest time of year for the Salvos. Not only is The Salvation Army in Moree running its annual Christmas Cheer operation, to provide food and support for those in need, it is also assisting with the Moree town carols event and preparing for a special service with Lifehouse Church leading up to Christmas.

If you require assistance at Christmas with food please call 0425 390 273.

On Sunday, December 9, The Salvation Army is inviting the public to celebrate the hope and joy of Christmas at a special service. There will be children’s performance and food. All are welcome to attend the celebration, to be held at Lifehouse Church, 114 Anne Street, Moree, at 9.30am. 

Moree locals are also invited to attend the Moree town Christmas at Twilight carols event on December 14, starting at 5.30pm at Ron Harbourne Oval, Moree.

“Whether you are by yourself, or with friends and family, Christmas is a time that is best spent together. So join us, so we can share the true spirit of Christmas,” Mr Poutawa said.

For more information about what The Salvation Army is doing at Christmas across the country go to salvos.org.au. Please share your photos on social media using the hashtag #givehope

To give hope where it’s needed most this Christmas, please donate to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal at salvos.org.au/Christmas or by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58). Donations can also be made in person at any Westpac branch or at Salvo Stores