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Salvation Army and Newcastle Permanent call for Christmas toy drive appeal donations

Tuesday, 23, November 2021

The Salvation Army and Newcastle Permanent are calling one and all to share the Christmas spirit with someone in need by donating a gift to the Salvo’s annual Christmas Toy Drive Appeal.

Local Salvation Army officer Tracy Iles said with job and income losses due to COVID-19 she expects there will be more children who, without the help of the Salvos, won’t have a present to open this year.

“A surprise gift under the Christmas tree will bring a smile to a young person as well as to a parent or carer who is unable to afford gifts this year. Last year the Salvos gave 26,000 gifts and toys to families in need of a hand – and we are ambitiously looking to help more families in 2021.

“If you are able, please add a Salvos toy drive gift to your Christmas shopping list and drop it in to a Newcastle Permanent branch,” said Tracy.

Last Christmas, Newcastle mum Sara Goodridge was facing the prospect of not having a present for her six year old son Jace. With mounting bills, the expense of having to move house, and her son’s birthday just prior, she had nothing left for Christmas.

She said she felt overwhelmingly relieved when the Salvos arrived with a food card, as well as a toy toolkit and book for Jace.

“If it wasn’t for the Salvos I wouldn’t have had a Christmas with my son,” said Sarah.

“To see Jace’s eyes light up and his big smile as he opened his presents made for a special Christmas,” she said.

Newcastle Permanent CEO Bernadette Inglis was the first to donate to this year’s drive, putting her gift under the tree at Newcastle Permanent’s head office.

“As a parent, I know the joy of your child receiving a gift on Christmas morning. In our 33 years of partnership with the Salvation Army, we’ve been humbled to help thousands of local families experience that joy, with presents under trees that otherwise may have been bare,” said Bernadette.

“We’re encouraging our people to donate and they’ll also be volunteering to help the Salvos to sort and distribute the gifts,” she said.

Gifts should be new and unwrapped. If you’re stuck for ideas, check out these suggestions from our friends at the Salvos.

Donations can be made at any Newcastle Permanent branch until Monday 20 December 2021.

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