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30 Per Cent Of Parents Fear Children Will Go Without Presents Amidst Cost-of-Living Crisis

New research from The Salvation Army reveals that the cost-of-living crisis will significantly impact the Christmas celebrations of 14 million Australians.

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The survey indicates that more than 5.3 million people (26 per cent ) will struggle to afford a Christmas meal, while 30 per cent of parents express concern about their children going without presents. 

This year, 57.1 per cent of the population feels more stressed than the previous year, with 71 per cent being more mindful of their Christmas spending.

The research further highlights that almost one in 10 Australians will rely on charitable support this Christmas, with nearly half seeking assistance for the first time.

The Salvation Army’s Major Brendan Nottle said: “The Salvation Army sees heart-wrenching need each year, and this year, the need continues to grow as people battle the cost-of-living crisis.”

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“Never have we seen a time where the gap between the rich and poor has been so great. In this lucky country, too many are going without food, medication, and utilities, and many more don’t even have housing,” he said.

The Salvation Army’s initiatives this Christmas include distributing tens of thousands of food hampers, providing over 250,000 gifts and toys, and serving more than 132,000 meals.

The organisation also offers over 66,000 bed nights for families needing accommodation during the festive season.

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