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About this Appeal

This Christmas we will typically see over 16,000 people who are in desperate need.

It takes a lot of courage to come to The Salvation Army to ask for help. When people do, they are usually at crisis point and looking for immediate practical relief with food, housing, clothing or furnishings. But that is just the beginning of the longer term wrap around support the Sallies provide through their teams of social workers, counsellors, addiction rehabilitation programmes, life skills coaches and financial mentors—who work alongside the client to help them achieve their life goals.

For individuals and families who are living day to day, just one unexpected event such as a car breaking down, sickness or a change in employment or housing can be the difference between surviving and not. And at Christmas the additional pressures place even greater strain on those who are vulnerable. That’s why we need your help.

  • The Salvation Army expects to support over 16,000 people or 5000 families at Christmas.
  • We expect to provide over 1800 people with housing support during the Christmas season.
  • Almost 15,000 receive Christmas hampers to help them put on Christmas dinner.
  • Between December and January, we provide almost 10,500 social work sessions to families and individuals.

With your help, we can support that person for whom the coming season of joy will be their darkest moment; or give hope to that Kiwi family soon to be living on the street; or so many others who find themselves in desperate circumstances this year.

You can help provide a range of immediate and long-term support—like food parcels, accommodation and advocacy, counselling, budgeting and education.

If you’ve ever wondered if the donations that you send to us really transform lives and make incredible changes possible, read about Lex and also about Sia. Each tell their own story about This time last year... and where they are now, this year. Both of them are looking forward to this time next year.

Please help Kiwis in need by supporting our Christmas Appeal. When New Zealanders need us, we need you. 

It’s as easy as making a donation towards one or more items in our Sallies Gifts of Hope:

Donating $20 would help bring a smile to a young person's face with a gift that they can open on Christmas day.

Your gift of $25 can provide a child with a week’s worth of lunches over the summer break.

A gift of $40 provides school stationery, giving a child everything they need to start their school year positively including books, school bag, lunch box and more.

$60 provides a budgeting session focused on devising a workable budget, reducing debt and helping to achieve financial security

A gift of $69 provides a hamper to a family in need containing a family sized chicken, a selection of vegetables, seasonal treats and small gifts for a family to enjoy on Christmas day.

Donating $80 helps to keep a family or individual with nowhere else to go, safe and sheltered in a temporary home while we find them a more permanent solution.

$90 provides immediate and essential support to an individual or family at crisis point, who has come to us for urgent help at Christmas time.

And for $120 you can help provide a Sallies family food parcel, packed with basic foods including tinned vegetables, fruit, and pantry items, as well as cleaning products to help take the pressure off of the household budget. 

Please donate a Gift of Hope to The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal today, and help give hope at this special time of year. Thank you.