Salvos Stores Christmas Advent- Week One GIVING
Each week has a different Christmas theme and a different offer. See in-store for more details or head to our Facebook page for instructions.
This week is all about giving.
At Christmas time it’s very easy to get overly concerned about presents at Christmas. Kids spend hours curating their Christmas lists and every year we all spend our time and money finding the perfect presents for our loved ones.
It is more blessed to give, than to receive (Act 20:35)
During the days and weeks following Black Saturday 2009, the day that a series of bushfires swept Victoria, Salvos Stores organised emergency relief donations to those that had lost their homes. Donations and heart-felt messages poured into the warehouse. One in particular caught the eye of Lynda Van Gaalen-Prentice (Territorial Mission Development Co-ordinator) who was on the team behind the mission.
This paper bag was filled with cherished toys of a 3 year old who was prepared to give them to a stranger in need. The generosity and thoughtfulness of this little boy giving his toys to someone he doesn’t even know shows how raw and innocent the concept of giving can be. It really is better to give than to receive. Scientific studies have shown that those who spend more money on others than themselves are actually happier! So not only are you giving your love to the gift receiver, you also get a dose of self-love.
It’s also great time to be reminded that the positives of buying gifts (for your loved ones or just for yourself) at Salvos Stores over Christmas time are twofold. Firstly you buy your loved one a gift that they will love. This gift has been ‘saved’ from going to landfills so is thus, a sustainable gift as well.
But secondly your purchases at Salvos Stores helps the Salvation Army (amongst other things) give 10,000 meals every week to those in need. So whilst giving that retro camera to your niece, you’re also helping to give to the less fortunate in your community.
This week you can also enjoy a 20% discount when you spend $20 in-store when you follow the instructions found in-store.