Launceston City Mission and major sponsor Tones Electrical, will launch its annual Christmas Appeal on Friday, November 17, 2023.
“It’s hard to avoid the festive season with decorations and carols everywhere. It’s not a joyous time for everyone’” said City Mission CEO, Stephen Brown.
“In my 11 years as CEO of City Mission, this is the highest demand we have ever seen, families and individuals in our local community are facing considerable financial challenges this holiday season,” Mr Brown said.
According to the Foodbank’s Hunger Report 365 percent of Australian households are now experiencing food insecurity due to the cost-of-living crisis. In Tasmania more than 84,000 households are struggling to put food on the table!
“Prior to Christmas we usually expect an increase in the demand for our services, but this year will be different. We are concerned that the upcoming weeks will bring unprecedented demand for help.”
This year City Mission will be asking the community to ‘give the gift of hope’ to the many families experiencing financial hardship, who may not have a Christmas meal or gift for their child.
“We’re asking the community to support local families and individuals in need – good people, who could live just down the road from you,” said Stephen.
It’s not just those experiencing homelessness or unemployment, there are many working families withing the community that are struggling. The rising costs of living, rent and utility bills have caused many residents in our community to lose their homes or experience food insecurity for the first time.
Donations to the City Mission Christmas appeal will help put food on the table and toys under the tree so kids can wake up to a present on Christmas Day.
“We believe that everyone should be able to celebrate and experience joy at Christmas, especially kids unwrapping the new toy from under the tree, it’s such a special moment.”
You can make your donation by visiting citymission.org.au or call 6335 3000. New toy donations can be made at any Mission Shop.