"The biggest struggle is not Christmas but the cost after Christmas with back-to-school. That’s where I’ll struggle."

Straight off the back of Christmas, families across Australia are feeling the strain of 'back to school' costs. For single mother of four, Malia, the cost of school was all consuming.

"The Salvos can help with some extra support for back-to-school … school books, shoes,...
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On this day 40 years ago, a crowded peak-hour train carrying 600 passengers derailed near Granville railway station in Sydney. In Australia's worst train disaster, 83 people were killed and another 213 injured.

Among the first on the scene were the Salvos, caring for survivors and assisting emergency services personnel. Over the next six days, a team of 200 Salvos would serve more than...
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"Over the years I've slept in [Salvo] homeless shelters in Cairns [and] Sydney. They've come to prison when I was in prison... Just after my father died no one was coming to visit me in prison, but the Salvos always turned up and we always knew they would." See how Claude found hope.
We want to say a big Happy 88th Birthday to one of our faithful volunters, David! He and his wife, Marge, have been volunteering at the Salvation Army in Deniliquin since the op shop first opened its doors in 1982.

Thanks so much for all your years of dedicated service!

David’s still volunteering at 88

"She and her colleagues did so very much good work, and it’s a key part of my personal development as a young man to understand the importance of charitable works. For that I thank Alice, and The Salvation Army. Life is so much richer when you give of yourself."

For Better Homes and Gardens Australia's ‘Fast Ed’, giving back to the community is a trait shared in his family thanks to his...
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‘Fast Ed’: The democracy of food | Salvos Warcry Magazine

Jessica has come a long way after leaving an abusive relationship.
“I remember waking up one morning in the middle of winter, homeless. It was freezing cold, pouring down rain. I thought: ‘If I don’t get help, if I don’t do something, I’m going to die’."

Read Mitch's remarkable transformation story: [ Bit.ly Link ]
"'I can clearly remember the first time I moved in, with that first foster family,’ he says. ‘We didn’t speak a word of English and there were four people in front of us… I was four or five; my brother was about two…’"

Thanh spent his childhood in foster homes before finding his forever family. Today, he is studying to become a doctor so that he can help others. His story: [ Bit.ly Link ]
From everyone at the Salvos we want to wish you a Happy New Year!
This Christmas, you helped us serve meals, wrap gifts, collect donations and donate gifts to ensure that Aussies doing it tough weren't left behind this Christmas.

For volunteers like Denise, it's the perfect time to give back. "I love everything about volunteering here. The food. Just the appreciation I guess and because there isn’t that stress...the people who come in for a meal. They’re...
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All across Australia, we're giving hope to those who need it most. Check out how we're spreading some Christmas cheer this season.
Today we celebrate the birth of our Saviour. We hope you have a Happy Christmas with your loved ones!
Country music star Adam Brand recently visited rural North Queensland to spread some Christmas hope...
In the lead up to Christmas day, our Asylum Seeker and Refugee Service sees more than 40 people a day to distribute clothing, gifts and food for individuals and families.

It’s during these times that volunteer, Marsha Watts, enjoys the opportunity to give back at Christmas time.

“The biggest plus coming into a place like this is interacting with different cultures… I feel as though I’m...
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All across Australia, we're giving hope to those who need it most. Check out how we're spreading some Christmas cheer this season.
To those who support The Salvation Army, Amy is eternally grateful.

What used to be a yearly reminder of what she and her family have lost, Christmas is now an opportunity for her to reflect on her journey from heartache to hope.

“By giving something little, you are not changing the world, but you are changing someone’s world. It definitely makes a difference. It brings joy in times when...
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We're so excited for the Woolworths Carols in the Domain tonight. You can watch it live on Channel 7 from 8.30pm (AEDT). Thanks so much for showing your support Shannon Noll - we'll see you there!
On any given day, 95,000 people pour through the doors of Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport. And with Christmas just around the corner, thousands will be flying in and out to celebrate the season with their loved ones.

For passengers who need guidance, are experiencing grief, anxiety, stress or don’t have a place to go home to, that’s where our airport chaplaincy team step in to support those...
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We can say on good authority that the only thing Hamish Blake from Hamish & Andy wants for Christmas is for no one to go without... Make Hamish's Christmas wish come true!