Generosity most welcome
Saturday, 17th December, 2011
By Kurtis Eichler
Soaring living costs have made this year’s BDT Christmas Appeal more important than ever, the Salvation Army says.
“This year’s been a doozy with electricity prices going up and rent getting hard,” the Salvation Army’s Major Brenda Stace told the BDT.
“It will alleviate some of the pressure.”
Lifeline, St Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army joined forces yesterday to tackle the task of collecting all the gifts donated to the BDT Christmas Appeal.
Hundreds of presents, carefully organised and stacked by the BDT’s own Holly Brennan, had been donated in the 24th year of the newspaper’s appeal.
Ms Stace said that Christmas not only hit families financially but in the form of peer pressure.
“The way it hits families hard is when kids get back to school and their friends ask ‘what did you get for Christmas?”
Children were under peer pressure to get the “latest phone or latest iPod,” she said.
The presents donated by the public since the appeal began on November 17 will be divided among the organisations and delivered to children before Christmas Day.
“The amount of food and toys I’ve seen in the last fortnight is overwhelming,” Ms Stace said.