Gunnedah Salvation Army launch "Bless a Family this Christmas" appeal for second year

BLESS A FAMILY: Major Gae Day will be knocking on doors in December with gifts in arms. Photo: Vanessa Höhnke

BLESS A FAMILY: Major Gae Day will be knocking on doors in December with gifts in arms. Photo: Vanessa Höhnke

Gunnedah Salvation Army is looking for help in blessing 20 families this Christmas.

Community members can “adopt a family” and donate gifts and food through the Salvos who will then deliver them in time for Christmas.

It is the second year that the Salvos have run the initiative, with huge success last year with ten families. The families are chosen by the Salvos but are not aware until the gifts are distributed.

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“These are people doing it tough for whatever reason but wouldn’t ask for help,” Major Gae Day said.

“Not everyone has a happy Christmas and this is just a way we remind them someone cares.

“One fellow last year was in tears when we delivered his hamper.”

Major Day said the initiative encouraged the community to “care for itself”.

To get involved, phone 6742 0540.

List of families

Codes used are M- Male, F - Female, G - Girl, B = Boy.

Family 1: M, F, G5, B4, G1

Family 2: M, B16, B14, B12

Family 3: M, F, B8, B6, G3

Family 4: F, B11, B10

Family 5: M, F, B6

Family 6: M, F, B5, G2

Family 7: M, F, G5, B3

Family 8: M, F, B8, B7, B4

Family 9: M, F, G4, B3, B1

Family 10: F, B8, B7, B6, G4, G3

Family 11: M, F, B5, B4

Family 12: M, F, G13, G8, G4, B3, B3, B1

Family 13: M, F, B3, B2, Newborn

Family 14: M, B14, G11

Family 15: M, F, G8, B8, B1

Family 16: M, F, G8, G6

Family 17: M, F, G10, B9, G5

Family 18: M, F, B14, G7

Family 19: F, B16

Family 20: M, F.

The Salvos is also running its annual toy appeal. Gifts can be dropped at the Salvos building on Tempest Street, or the Salvation Army Store on Chandos Street.