During the Christmas period, Samaritans‘ charitable services see a huge spike in demand. This year, with the impacts of lockdown, they expect thousands of locals will be struggling to provide food and shelter for themselves and their families.
November marks the beginning of the Samaritans Christmas Appeal which aims to raise funds for support, food and gifts.
They’re now calling on people to dig deep so they can raise funds to support people who urgently need it. People like Karlie, who turned to Samaritans after bravely escaping domestic violence and spending her pregnancy couch surfing in some dangerous situations.
Karlie reached out to Samaritans for support during the New South Wales stay-at-home orders.
“She was frightened and very anxious. She had never needed to ask for help before,” a Samaritans staff member said.
“She had nothing for herself or the baby, so we put the call out and now she has everything she needs including vouchers for food.”
Due to charitable donations, Samaritans we able to offer Karlie a safe place to stay, support from their staff, and gifts and food on Christmas Day.
“The generosity of people in this difficult time was overwhelming and she has now been able to settle into her home before the baby is born.”
You can donate to the Samaritans Christmas Appeal by visiting their website.