By Morgan de Smidt
SWAN View Salvation Army are seeking the helping hands of volunteers these Christmas holidays to support locals experiencing hardship.
Centre captain Carol O’Leary said she felt worried about those slipping through the cracks during a time which can be challenging and stressful for many families.
“We are always looking for volunteers, especially for our Christmas hamper wrapping and toy selection,” Ms O’Leary said.
“It is a powerhouse in here over the three days.
“It can be quite overwhelming for parents and we have found it is nice to have someone greet them and receive that one-on-one connection by assisting them to select food and gifts.”
Throughout the year Swan View Salvation Army offer a free market every Tuesday from 10am to 12pm for people to collect groceries.
Ms O’Leary said there has been a significant demand for the bill assist program this year which there are often lines for.
“It’s been a tough year for everyone,” Ms O’Leary continued.
“It is not always about food, many people are struggling with bills and there’s a lot of people out there who won’t say anything.
“We have helped a lot of families and it is nice to see people building relationships with each other and connecting as they wait.”
At the beginning of November on Monday and Wednesdays from 9am to 2.30pm the centre takes applications for those who would like to receive a Christmas hamper and with December 8 set as the final day to submit applications, people are encouraged to get in early.
Volunteers are needed for Christmas hamper wrapping in Midland Gate Shopping Centre from December 6 until December 24 and for toy selection at the centre.
To sign up as a volunteer visit Swan View Salvation Army.