Salvation Army welfare officer Di Walters accepts the donation from Coffs Harbour Senior Citizens Club. Trevor Veale
Salvation Army welfare officer Di Walters accepts the donation from Coffs Harbour Senior Citizens Club. Trevor Veale

Social seniors' massive hamper

SENIORS gathering to play cards, bowls or go dancing have amassed a massive hamper of hundreds of grocery items for local needy people this Christmas.

Since August members of Coffs Harbour Senior Citizens Club have been bringing in non-perishable food and other grocery items to add to a rapidly-growing Christmas table.

Yesterday the giant hamper was presented to Di Walters, the welfare officer with the Salvation Army in Coffs Harbour.

Ms Walters said a pinch was being felt at both the giving and receiving ends this year.

She said the Salvos were seeing about 10 per cent more people in need than in 2009, including working people on low incomes.

“The biggest call has been for help with power bills,” she said. “Some people who have helped us in the past have not been able to help us this year.”



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