About 600 applications for food aid for Christmas have been sent to the Salvation Army in Reykjavík this year, according to statement on their official site. This is approx. three times as many applications were received last year and the demand has encouraged them to ask for help from the public.
470 individuals or couples have already received assistance from the Salvation Army in Reykjavík this month, compared to 170 in December 2019. This assistance is provided in the form of gift certificates for the discount store Krónan.
Increased demand has been met with increased assistance from private companies and associations. Hjördís Kristinsdóttir, director of the Salvation Army in Reykjavík, says that the Christmas museums have been successful and they are grateful for the help they have received so far.
The Salvation Army usually holds dinners for those who are alone during the festivities on Christmas Eve. However, with the current pandemic, how these dinners are conducted can change the form. This remains to be determined. Nevertheless, there is a connection to enrollment in the dinner – as well as to the contribution to the Salvation Army in Reykjavík – both in the announcement.
Source: The Nordic Page