Salvos’ plea for help

Salvation Army, Craigieburn is asking for more food, pictured is Colin Palstra. (Damjan Janevski) 387790_01

‘One or two extra items on the shopping list’ is all the Salvation Army is asking of the Craigieburn community.

Colin Palstra, corps officer of the Craigieburn Salvation Army, works with the donations unit, and says while donations are trickling in, more essential items are needed to keep up with the demand of local families struggling to put food on the table.

“We support between 250 to 300 families with food parcels and relief every month,” he said.

“In recent months, we have seen an increase with families that are struggling and the demand for assistance is greater than what we are able to help with.

“People can donate by dropping off in-date items on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9:30am and 1pm at The Salvation Army on 75 Interlink Drive or we have donation drop off points outside some supermarkets. These can be the easiest as people can do their own shopping and get something extra to add when they head out of the shops.

“Our collection units are placed at the entry points of Coles Roxburgh Park and Coles Craigieburn Central.

“Over the last year more and more people are finding themselves in need of help. All donated food is welcome and is in constant need.”

The best supplies to donate are tinned goods such as vegetables, that last for a long time, and UHT milk cartons due to their long shelf life.

Gerald Lynch