Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott has asked for families in his electorate to consider making a financial contribution to the Salvation Army part of their 2012 Christmas celebrations.
“Over the past year I have had to assist disadvantaged members of our local community and many of them will be receiving support from the Salvos this Christmas,” Mr Elliott said.
“In a community like The Hills it’s sometimes easy to forget that we have people with severe social and financial pressures on them and often they’re living right next door.
“Recently I had to refer a number of local residents to the Salvos for food and counselling. Only this morning I had to refer a local woman with mental health issues to them so she could provide a decent Christmas meal for her children.”
Mr Elliott said that having organisations like the Salvation Army around is what makes us a “civilised society”.
“There are people in need right here in Baulkham Hills and we should take ownership of them locally. The best way to do that is to donate to a charity that supports our own community. Organisations like Anglicare, St Vincent de Paul and The Salvation Army do that. They make the life of a local Parliamentarian much easier, particularly at Christmas.” Mr Elliott said.
“The person you help may be a friend.”
Donations can be made at www.salvos.org.au and amounts over $2 are tax deductible.