GIFTING: Salvos staff Cat Barker, Janet Jordan and Rhonda L'Estrange are helping collect toys for disadvantaged children this festive season.
GIFTING: Salvos staff Cat Barker, Janet Jordan and Rhonda L'Estrange are helping collect toys for disadvantaged children this festive season. Liana Walker

Salvos help out this Christmas

ALTHOUGH the Christmas season may be a time for celebration, some residents in the Granite Belt are doing it tough this season.

Stanthorpe Salvation Army store manager Cat Barker said it was an important time of year to look out for those less fortunate than others.

"Some people have a tougher road than others, so helping them out makes you feel good as well,” she said.

"Christmas is a sad time for a lot of people, whether it's anniversaries of death or a lot of other stuff that happens over Christmas time.”

The Salvation Army are currently doing a toy drive for families around the Granite Belt who may not be able to afford presents.

"People around town are getting involved with that, we're definitely encouraging people to still donate.”

Along with the toy drive the Salvation Army church will be hosting a free Christmas Eve dinner open to all of the community.

"Especially the older generation that don't have much family around where their kids can't make it (for Christmas) and for families that are in need.

"It's a very family oriented time of year... so it's great being able to do the free Christmas dinner and get a community feel for people for what they need.”

She said hardship effects families from all walks of life.

"Don't feel ashamed to come in because there's some amazing stuff.”

The dinner kicks off at 6pm on Christmas Eve (Monday, December 24) and includes Christmas Carols.

Spaces are limited to 40 people, visit the Salvation Army store at 49 Maryland St before Monday, December 17.

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