Make a difference this Christmas

Published on 09 November 2018

Make Christmas brighter for families in need this year by donating to the Salvation Army’s 2018 Christmas appeal at the Swan Valley Visitor Centre (SVVC).

The SVVC will once again be an official drop-off point this year for donations of food and gifts.

City of Swan Deputy Mayor Kevin Bailey said Christmas can be a wonderful time of year, but for many it is a time of increased pressure.

“The Christmas period can be a tough time for many who are battling to put food on the table or gifts under the tree,” he said.

“The City of Swan is committed to helping make a difference – which is why we host a drive for the appeal each year at our Swan Valley Visitor Centre.

“We are blown away each year by the community’s generosity, and this year we hope to see our biggest collection of donations yet.”

“If you can, please give generously this Christmas because you will be helping a family in need.”

Whiteman Ward Councillor Maria Haynes said donations for older age groups were in the highest demand.

“Each year, the Salvation Army is gratefully overwhelmed with gifts for younger children, but always run out of gifts for teenagers and parents,” she said.

“Gift vouchers are accepted as they are an ideal gift for teenagers, and also allow parents to choose something they would like to give to their child.

“Non-perishable food donations such as tinned vegetables, rice or pasta, and Christmas treats like chocolates, puddings, tinned ham and boxed custard are also in high demand.”

Donations can be dropped off to the Swan Valley Visitor Centre, located on the corner of Meadow Street and Swan Street in Guildford, from November 12.

Items will need to be received by 4pm on Sunday, December 16.

For more information, visit the Salvation Army’s website.