Teens tap Christmas spirit
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.