CHRIST­MAS DRIVE ALERT

Monthly Chronicle - - The Village Voice - JAN FORBES- MAD­DEN, FOMC

Yes it’s the run up to Christ­mas! Thanks to the over­whelm­ing gen­eros­ity of the Mount Colah com­mu­nity - both busi­ness and pri­vate - last year’s Christ­mas Drive was a huge suc­cess. Now Friends of Mount Colah (FOMC) is pre­par­ing for this year’s event, us­ing a sim­i­lar for­mat.

Posters will be dis­played in lo­cal shops and busi­nesses early in De­cem­ber, de­tail­ing the event. If any lo­cal busi­ness would like to dis­play a poster and was not ap­proached last year, con­tact FOMC through their Face­book page, or call my­self on 0410467447. We would be happy to sup­ply a poster. The drop-off points for gifts will be the same as last year: • Mount Colah Phar­macy, 601 Pa­cific High­way, Mount Colah, • Dy­namic Mo­tion Phys­io­ther­apy, 385 Pa­cific High­way, Asquith, • Gal­ley Foods Eatery, in­side the Ma­rina, Bob­bin Head. Do­na­tions to the drive are dis­trib­uted to lo­cal folk who are not able to ex­pe­ri­ence the joy of Christ­mas that many fam­i­lies take for granted. Do­na­tion sug­ges­tions in­clude toys, books, games for chil­dren, toi­letries, home­wares or pack­aged food gifts.

Last year FOMC teamed up with Hornsby Con­nect and dis­trib­uted the gifts to peo­ple through their Wed­nes­day food out­let and the in­ten­tion is to do the same this year. Hornsby Con­nect has re­cently re­lo­cated to new premises on the cor­ner of Muriel and Bur­dett Streets and is an ex­cel­lent venue.

We’re not sug­gest­ing peo­ple do­nate ex­pen­sive gifts. As al­ways, the thought is what counts and for many peo­ple who are ap­proach­ing Christ­mas with the thought that there’s no-one to care for them, that it’s caus­ing ex­treme hard­ship to buy a gift for a child, or they’re feel­ing alone with the fes­tive sea­son ap­proach­ing, a gift may lessen the sense of des­o­la­tion.

As a com­mu­nity we wish to show we care and as shown last year, our com­mu­nity cares too and is pre­pared to show it with their gen­er­ous do­na­tions.

If you have any ideas or thoughts about any­thing re­lated to our Mt Colah com­mu­nity or for more in­for­ma­tion about FOMC, at­tend one of our meet­ings, visit our Face­book page or send us an email: friends.of.mt­co­lah@gmail.com.

Last year’s Christ­mas Ap­peal

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