Major Allan Kerr collecting donations from National Australia Bank in Kingaroy.
Major Allan Kerr collecting donations from National Australia Bank in Kingaroy. Barclay White

CHRISTMAS donations will help beyond December 25

CHRISTMAS might be today, but Major Allan Kerr is hoping donations collected from the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal will help struggling families beyond the festive period.

The Salvation Army volunteer had been collecting donations will go to locals who are struggling through tough economic circumstances.

"All of this will go towards Christmas hampers for those that are finding it difficult," Mr Kerr said.

A member of the Salvation Army for 32 years, Mr Kerr said local farming families were facing some of the toughest conditions he had ever seen.

"I don't think people realise how hard the rural industry has been hit," he said.

"One farmer didn't even have a single tea bag for a cup of tea."

As well as collecting on the streets, local banks including Kingaroy branches of the NAB, Suncorp and Westpac did their bit for the campaign.

Emma McKay from Kingaroy NAB said the branch was just doing its bit as she handed the food and toys collected at the branch.

"It's always been a good idea to help the less fortunate," Ms McKay said.

Mr Kerr said that even small donations to those that are struggling gives a psychological boost on those doing it tough.

"This is not going to fix the problem, but it gives a bit of joy," he said.

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