Families struggling to make ends meet this Christmas are turning to the Craigieburn Salvation Army for help.

Captain Peter Brookshaw said more than 270 families had contacted the Salvos for support.

He said the organisation was able to help families with food, vouchers and toys, but it was unable to help as many people as it would like.

“The challenge we have is there are more families looking for support than our capacity to help,” Mr Brookshaw said.

“We want to help as many people as we can but we have limited resources.”

The Salvos have set up a gift wrapping service at Craigieburn Central to help boost their resources.

The service will run in the shopping centre’s Target quandrant until Christmas eve. Shoppers can have their presents gift wrapped for a donation.

Mr Brookshaw said anyone wanting to lend a hand to families in need could also donate food or toys to the Salvation Army via the gift wrapping stall or at 75 Interlink Drive, Craigieburn.

“We can assure anyone who wants to donate food that we can distribute it just as fast as they donate it,” he said.