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Naz's Story


It’s that time of year where many of us are thinking about how we’d like to celebrate Christmas, and maybe what we’d like to be under the tree for our families—like a new phone, toys for the children, a holiday in the sun or just some quality family time.

For teenager Naz, all he wanted for Christmas was a house for him and his family to live in, so they wouldn’t have to sleep in a car. And food, beds and things that many of us take for granted.

Before they turned to us for help, life was tough for Naz, his mother and siblings. His father had gone to prison which caused the family to spiral into debt and instability—they found themselves couch-surfing wherever they could, sometimes staying in an old van as they struggled to find a home.

Things were a little easier when they finally found a place to rent, but they had little in the way of food or money and because they couldn’t afford beds they often had to sleep on the floor. They were a family in crisis, who were barely getting by day-to-day and had lost hope.

Christmas for Naz and his family wasn’t a time of celebration, but a time of struggle—to have food on the table, to pay rent and other bills, to keep the family together when hope seemed lost. So with nowhere else to turn, they made the choice to ask The Salvation Army for emergency help.

Thankfully, we were able to help get them back on their feet.

Support from Kiwis like you meant the family was able to receive a Salvation Army food parcel, ensuring they had enough food to get by. Budgeting sessions also allowed them to manage their household finances better, by focusing on reducing their debt and shopping smarter. And on Christmas Day, Naz and his brothers and sisters were able to celebrate something together for the first time in a while, thanks to a gift from the Sallies, as well as a food hamper for Christmas dinner.

Today, things are looking brighter and better for Naz and his family. Their finances are finally stable, his mother is finishing her nursing training and Naz is about to embark on a career in the Navy.

Naz says that when The Salvation Army helped them, it made him and his mother feel like they had hope again.

“Without the support we received from the Army, I don’t know where we’d be right now, but it wouldn’t be a good place. I wouldn’t have been able to sign up for the Navy, my mum wouldn’t be studying to be a nurse, and we wouldn’t have had hope that our lives could be better. I’m thankful to them for that.”

This Christmas, more than 17,000 families like Naz’s will turn to The Salvation Army for support. With your help, we can give them the support they desperately need.

You can give hope to those with nothing. Please donate today to help us help families like Naz’s this holiday season, and together, we can give them a happier Christmas and hope for the future.