Salvos spread cheer

CADETS normally based at Bexley North for their training as Salvation Army officers recently provided Christmas cheer outside the Salvos store at Sutherland.

The Salvation Army finds this time of year particularly busy.

Divisional public relations secretary for the Sydney and eastern Illawarra division Peter Sutcliffe said there were three Salvation Army Corps in the southern Sydney region, at Miranda, Hurstville and Menai, which provide assistance to the community.

They will distribute toys, gifts and hampers to needy families as well as provide emergency assistance, such as bill relief, food and accommodation.

"We are always overwhelmed by the community's generosity to our K mart Wishing Tree appeal, but we have an urgent need for gifts and toys for children, eight to 16 years," he said.

The Salvation Army's territorial communications and public relations secretary Bruce Harmer said Christmas was difficult for many people, with financial strain, relationship problems, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and mental health problems at their peak at this time of year.

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