Fam­ily Xmas tree joy

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Christmas - By CAITLIN TILLER

THROUGH the Smith Fam­ily’s an­nual ap­peal, Layel, Malak and Noor Al­saedi and 12,000 other Aus­tralian chil­dren will find ex­tra toys and books un­der their tree on Christ­mas Day.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion sup­ports chil­dren with ed­u­ca­tional as­sis­tance and col­lects gifts through do­na­tions to dis­trib­ute to fam­i­lies at Christ­mas.

Nol­la­mara res­i­dent Jame­lah Kanaan said the Smith Fam­ily had helped to sup­port her daugh­ters for nine years.

“For some fam­i­lies, their kids say ‘I want this, I want this’ for Christ­mas, but not th­ese girls,” she said.

“They say they don’t need those things and they want to put their money in the bank.”

Orig­i­nally from Le­banon, Mrs Kanaan and her fam­ily have been liv­ing in Perth for 12 years.

Mrs Kanaan and her daugh­ters’ Christ­mas tra­di­tion is to take a pic­nic to a lo­cal park with ex­tended fam­ily for their fes­tive cel­e­bra­tions.

Malak (8) said putting up the Christ­mas tree was her favourite part of the hol­i­day.

“Maybe one or two of us will put up the tree and the other with do the dec­o­ra­tions,” she said. “We also have coloured lights we’re go­ing to put up on the roof.”

Malak said she was ex­cited for new books be­cause she loved read­ing but a Monopoly game was one of the best presents she had re­ceived.

Smith Fam­ily chief ex­ec­u­tive Lorna Wood­ley said Christ­mas could be an iso­lat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and a re­minder of what set kids apart from their friends.

“All chil­dren should be able to share in the fes­tiv­i­ties of Christ­mas, but this is not the re­al­ity for the thou­sands of chil­dren across Aus­tralia in fam­i­lies who are strug­gling fi­nan­cially,” she said.

“This is a sim­ple way to help them to feel in­cluded in the joys of Christ­mas.”

Layel, Malak and Noor Al­saedi.

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