The Salvation Army reveals around 1.6 million Australians won’t be able to afford to give their young children a present this Christmas.
The charity claims there has been an “alarming increase” from previous years.
The numbers come from research commissioned by the Salvation Army, released on Wednesday, and show that around a million more Australians won’t be able to give presents this year, compared to 2016, reports 9 news.
It reveals a bleak picture for many this Christmas, Major Paul Moulds said.
“People living on marginal incomes and tight budgets are already carefully managing how they spend their money,” he said.
“But with power prices escalating, housing affordability getting worse and more Australians struggling to get enough paid work, it’s getting harder and harder for many people to keep their head above water.”
The figures were revealed as the Salvation Army embarks on its annual Christmas appeal.
Major Moulds said the organisation was struggling to help all those in need.
We’ve released research today which shows tough times ahead for Aussies in need this Christmas. “This research is extremely disturbing and is precisely why we ask the public to dig deep and support our Christmas Appeal,” says Salvos Major Paul Moulds: https://t.co/IsGJIpABHH
— Salvos Australia (@salvos) December 12, 2017
“Over Christmas we will help over 300,000 people, serve over 10,000 meals and distribute more than half a million gifts and toys,” he said.
“But the Salvos are struggling to keep up with this demand. Additionally, the face of loneliness is changing and is affecting people from all walks of life. More and more people in our community are facing isolation at Christmas.
“This holiday season let’s remember those going it alone. We have the privileged platform to be beacons of hope to others in need. Please donate to our appeal so we can bring hope where it’s needed most this Christmas.”
To donate and give hope where it’s needed most this Christmas, visit salvos.org.au or call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58).
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