Ham­pers help make Christ­mas spe­cial

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - 2016 YOUR GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS -

VOL­UN­TEERS are busy putting food and toy ham­pers to­gether at Unit­ingCare West in Vic­to­ria Park for fam­i­lies in need.

Unit­ingCare West will dis­trib­ute Christ­mas presents to more than 700 chil­dren in need and 800 ham­pers to fam­i­lies to en­sure they have a spe­cial meal to­gether.

The char­ity’s an­nual Christ­mas Ap­peal has been boosted with a $20,000 grant from the State Gov­ern­ment.

Toys come from do­na­tions at Tar­get, as well from Unit­ing Church mem­bers and cor­po­rate vol­un­teers.

Unit­ingCare West chief ex­ec­u­tive Sue Ash said the char­ity as­sisted in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies who were fac­ing the prospect of be­ing home­less.

“Our aim is to keep peo­ple housed this Christ­mas and the fi­nan­cial sup­port from the gov­ern­ment goes to­wards this,” she said.

“Christ­mas is a time of the year that can be es­pe­cially tough if you are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dis­ad­van­tage.

“While most of us are in fes­tive mode, oth­ers are in sur­vival mode.

“With many com­pa­nies clos­ing dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son, work op­por­tu­ni­ties de­cline, which can put a lot of fi­nan­cial pres­sure on fam­i­lies.”

Unit­ingCare West school li­ai­son of­fi­cer Eboni Mor­rell, vol­un­teer Tina Mucha, fundrais­ing of­fi­cer Gil­lian Booth-Yudel­man and vol­un­teers Mar­jorie Marzin and Peggy Won with some of the do­nated toys.

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