Claire Victory, national president of the St Vincent de Paul Society, is asking people in a position to do so to dig a bit deeper this year as Vinnies launches its Christmas Appeal after a very tough year.
“Job losses, business closures and reduced working hours have placed many communities under increased financial strain,” Ms Victory said.
“The federal Government has reduced the coronavirus supplement and it will drop again early next year, plunging many more people into poverty, and other supports such as the moratorium on evictions are also being lifted in some states," Ms Victory said.
“Even without border closures and travel restrictions, many people in our community find Christmas to be a particularly lonely time of year due to social isolation.”
Ms Victory said Australians give generously every year to help Vinnies help people who have fallen on hard times to enjoy something of the Christmas season.
“The pandemic has made it harder for Vinnies to meet the needs of the people we help due to social distancing restrictions and the need for the contactless delivery of food support.”
Ms Victory said the Christmas appeal had been launched at the end of a year “many would rather forget”.
“But with your help, we will be able to make this festive season that little bit brighter for people in our community who are doing it particularly tough,” Ms Victory said.
Details: vinnies.org.au/christmasappeal or call 13 18 12.
Vinnies launches 2020 Christmas Appeal (St Vincent de Paul Society)