Salvos seek our help
THE Salvation Army is expecting more Ipswich families to seek solace in their generosity as the winter months take hold.
The Red Shield Appeal doorknock is on again this weekend and Ipswich residents are being asked to provide what they can to help those in need.
Salvation Army Captain Lenore Pack said after her experience in Ipswich last year, it was likely many people who wouldn't usually ask for help may come forward.
"In my previous role to this, generally right across the board we were seeing a lot of new clients that we wouldn't have been seeing a few years ago," she said.
"People who had casual work and now businesses are cutting back and they are not getting as many hours."
Cpt Pack said often problems started when someone was short on rent and allocated money they would spend on food to cover it, which flowed on until they barely had enough money for basics.
"In every area you have the lower socio-economic and with the cost of living increasing, people who may have just made it before, can't now."
The Salvation Army is short of winter necessities, but demand is expected to grow over coming weeks as the mercury falls.
Cpt Pack is calling for blankets, clothing and non-perishable foods to be donated.
The Salvation Army's Major Bruce Harmer said the cost of living was hurting many Australians.
"The simple reality is that while it's economically tough for the vast majority of Australians, many of the clients we see are in dire financial circumstances," he said.
"A lot of our clients are already struggling to keep up with rising utility bills.
"Many are going without the things many of us take for granted - things like a warm bed and nutritious food."