Dubbo generous despite donation downturn

DUBBO'S Salvation Army has bucked the downturn trend of financial donations this Christmas thanks to the generosity of residents.

Major Colin Young said despite the tough economic times the community lent a helping hand to those in need.

He said there had been a small drop in donations this year but it had not strongly impacted them.

"I think people want to help where they can and they feel comfortable giving to us," he said.

Major Young said the skyrocketing price of electricity was to blame for the higher living costs.

"Some of the people who helped us financially last year are the ones who are coming for help now," he said.

The tough economic times pushed more people to the line asking for assistance.

Last Christmas the Salvation Army helped 450 people and this year it was helping almost 600 residents, he said.

"The good support of the community with its cash donations last month will help us get over the line and pay our Christmas bills," Major Young said.

Several worthy causes have jumped on the Christmas bandwagon which caused a slump in donations to charity organisations this year.

"It detracts the work of those charities which have a Christmas focus," he said.

"This festive season we help with providing food on the day and finding somewhere for them to sleep."

Major Young said Coles vouchers up to $75 were given to residents in need and children received donated toys from the annual toy run.

With the small drop in financial donations, more people were giving their time to wrap gifts and prepare hampers.

"People are wanting a hands-on involvement to help others and their time is just as precious and valuable as the donations," he said.

"A group of people helped wrap presents in 45 minutes which would've taken me a whole day to do."

Major Young encouraged Dubbo residents to think of those less fortunate this Christmas and to generously give.

"For many people it is a hard time, particularly children," he said.

"They each deserve a gift so support someone else and provide them the happiness you're experiencing."

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