Hampers help make Christmas special
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.