Giving it all away is a great feeling
by Ann-Marie May
For many Coffs Harbour families Christmas would be grim without the support of the Salvos.
WITH Christmas fast approaching many Coffs Coast residents are busy preparing for the holiday season, buying toys and making plans for dinner.
But for one local agency, the plan is to give everything away.
"For many local families, without us, they wouldn't have a Christmas," Coffs Harbour Salvation Army Family Store manager, Margaret Bridgman said.
While it's a happy time for most, the Salvation Army asks everyone to spare a thought for those who battle to make ends meet, every day.
"We have been inundated with calls from local families wanting their names put down for Christmas assistance," Ms Bridgman said.
"Each year our welfare department assists more than 100 families, in the way of food hampers, who have fallen on hard times to cope with the extra pressures and expenses the festive season attracts.
"Proceeds from the sale of donated goods through the Family Store allows us to carry out this community service."
For the past six months volunteers have been repairing and cleaning ? in their own time and at their expense ? to make sure the store is ready for the pressures of Christmas.
As well as giving to those who need help, the Salvation Army also offers a cheaper solution for those who can't spend big, but still want a beautiful Christmas,
"We have toys, crystal, Christmas trees and decorations. Everything you need to make your home bright and beautiful and a variety of gifts which will make someone you know very happy on Christmas morning."