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Helping others is ‘personal’

Major Allan Kerr will be collecting for the Christmas Appeal. Photo Barclay White / South Burnett Times
Major Allan Kerr will be collecting for the Christmas Appeal. Photo Barclay White / South Burnett Times Barclay White

AS THE days count down towards Christmas, Major Allan Kerr will be hitting the streets as part of the annual Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.

For Mr Kerr it's a personal mission to help anyone he can who might be having a hard time over the holiday season.

He said that poverty could hit anyone and Christmas could be an especially tough time for people.

"The Christmas appeal really helps in assisting people who are doing it a bit tough over the holidays," he said.

"Some people have been struggling for quite a long time."

But part of the problem was that many people found it hard to ask for help.

"People are very proud and it's always difficult to ask for help if they have never had to," he said.

A proud member of the Salvation Army for 32 years, Mr Kerr was one of the people they helped.

"I was a very hard drinker and I wasn't religious at all," he said.

"A girl would come to the pubs and collect for the Salvos and no matter what she prayed for me over two years.

"Then I saw the light and I've been doing her work ever since."

But for him there is no greater task than helping those in need.

"I couldn't think of anything more exhilarating than trying to help someone else."

Donations of non- perishable food can be made at the National Australia Bank branch at 206 Kingaroy St and money can be donated at 44 Alford St, or at regular collections in Kingaroy Shoppingworld.

South Burnett

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