Teens tap Christ­mas spirit

Pilbara News - - News - Bran­wen Smith

Ex­mouth teenagers have brought out the gen­er­ous spirit of their com­mu­nity in time to help the needy with Christ­mas food ham­pers.

The Youth Ac­tion Ex­mouth group were plan­ning their nor­mal Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions when the con­ver­sa­tion turned to the needy who feel fi­nan­cial strain and per­sonal hard­ship over the fes­tive sea­son.

YAE mem­ber Monique Dixon said this con­ver­sa­tion mo­ti­vated the group to do some­thing to help.

“We de­cided to mark Christ­mas by sup­port­ing those in need rather than hav­ing a Christ­mas party or bar­be­cue for the lo­cal youth,” she said.

The team of teenagers met Ex­mouth Com­mu­nity Sup­port Group pres­i­dent Pat Eves who dis­cussed with them how Christ­mas was a dif­fi­cult time for a lot of fam­i­lies.

“And the Youth Ac­tion Ex­mouth Christ­mas Ham­per Drive was born,” she said.

Shire of Ex­mouth com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Amanda Fuery said a col­lec­tion point for non-per­ish­able food at Ex­mouth’s Carols by Starlight con­cert, and col­lec­tion boxes at lo­cal churches and the Shire of­fices, drew an over­whelm­ing pub­lic re­sponse.

“YAE made up 13 ham­pers us­ing the do­nated food and th­ese were given to the Com­mu­nity Sup­port Group to be dis­trib­uted con­fi­den­tially,” she said.

Ms Fuery said it had been a great project for YAE to un­der­take and they had really en­joyed do­ing it and giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity.

She thanked the Ex­mouth com­mu­nity for their sup­port.

Ms Fuery said the youth were talk­ing about do­ing it all again next year with the aim of per­haps making it even big­ger and bet­ter.

YAE has bro­ken up now for the sum­mer hol­i­days but Ms Fuery said the group was al­ready call­ing for peo­ple to nom­i­nate them­selves to be part of next year’s team by fill­ing in a form at the Shire of Ex­mouth of­fices.

Com­mu­nity Sup­port Group mem­bers Sally Eves and Pat Eves (cen­tre, back) col­lect ham­pers from YAE’s Gemma Cut­ler, Nick Wright and Monique Dixon.

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