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About Gifts of Hope

Winter is coming… Kiwis need your help now

Winter is on its way, and with it comes the freezing cold, bitter winds and drenching rain. Most of us can shelter in a comfy home, warming away the cold in front of a heater or curled up in a cosy bed at night.

But for thousands of Kiwis who do not have access to the everyday basics of food, warmth and shelter, winter is a time of stress and misery as they struggle just to survive.

In winter, people’s needs are worsened by the unanticipated costs of seasonal illnesses, cold homes, inadequate bedding and clothing, and compounded by overcrowded and substandard living conditions. This can often lead to spiralling debt, stress and unsafe living conditions for individuals and families.

The Salvation Army needs your support now to make sure these people are safe and healthy during these cold months, by providing the type of care that will help people survive this winter, and to give them the tools they need to prepare for the winters ahead.

In response to this urgent need, The Salvation Army has launched a winter appeal as our front-line staff prepare for one of their busiest times of the year.

Your donation of a Gift of Hope this winter will allow our social service centres around New Zealand to provide much-needed care and support to all those who come to our doors, in the form of:

- Food parcels and household budgeting assistance

- Advice and advocacy around creating warm, healthy family homes

- Temporary accommodation for people with nowhere else to go on cold winter nights

- Practical assistance like warm clothing, bedding and heating

- Counselling sessions to give a family the hand up they desperately need.

This is what you can do to help others this winter … without even leaving the warmth of your home. Please, donate a Gift of Hope now and help give someone shelter from the storm. Thank you.