Dig deep at Christ­mas, the sea­son for giv­ing

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

The Co­bram branch of the Bendigo Bank is call­ing on the com­mu­nity to dig deep and do­nate to its giv­ing tree this hol­i­day sea­son.

The tree is set up in­side the bank to take as many gifts from peo­ple as they can man­age.

Even those who are not mem­bers of the bank are able to do­nate what­ever they can.

You can give a Christ­mas gift to boys and girls, or a gift voucher, food or toi­letries for a per­son in need.

All do­na­tions will be given to lo­cal char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions, which will dis­trib­ute them to wher­ever they are needed.

Ev­ery­thing re­ceived will be handed out to the com­mu­nity by Christ­mas Day.

It is asked that all gifts come un­wrapped, so or­gan­is­ers can de­ter­mine who the gift is in­tended for.

Food items must be non­per­ish­able and preferably with a long stor­age date so they can be used over Christ­mas and the new year pe­riod.

Bendigo Bank cus­tomer re­la­tion­ship of­fi­cer Sue Clurey said the branch was hop­ing to help as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.

‘‘Ab­so­lutely ev­ery­one is wel­come to do­nate — the more the bet­ter,’’ she said.

‘‘Our fo­cus is to make change in the com­mu­nity and this is one way of do­ing that.

‘‘Peo­ple have been so gen­er­ous in the past and we hope that con­tin­ues.

‘‘Many peo­ple strug­gle at Christ­mas and this is a way of mak­ing their lives a lit­tle eas­ier.

‘‘We ac­cept a range of items but we ask that no weapons be do­nated.’’

Gifts will be ac­cepted at Co­bram’s Bendigo Bank un­til De­cem­ber 12.

Do­na­tions are ac­cepted: Co­bram Bendigo Bank staff mem­bers (back from left) El­ley Crone, Char­maine Wid­di­son, Tracy Simkin, Lizette Mezen­berg; (front) Sue Clurey, Sonya Hendry and Kim Holt en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to sup­port the giv­ing tree.

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