In a trol­ley load of soap and sham­poo

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

Shire Fam­ily Day Care felt the need to give back this Christ­mas by do­nat­ing a trol­ley load of hy­giene prod­ucts for dis­ad­van­taged fam­i­lies in the re­gion.

Whit­sun­day Shire Fam­ily Day Care co-or­di­na­tor Amanda Brett said they con­tacted the Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre ear­lier this month, ask­ing what could be done to help lo­cal fam­i­lies in need.

“We do­nate so much to char­i­ties out­side of the Whit­sun­days, we really wanted to help out on a lo­cal level this time, so we called the Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre and they sug­gested that we col­lect hy­giene prod­ucts for them to dis­trib­ute,” she said.

“The Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre hands out food and food vouch­ers to lo­cal fam­i­lies in need, and most of the time fam­i­lies will only buy food, there’s not enough for hy­giene prod­ucts, which is why this hy­giene drive was im­por­tant.”

Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre man­ager Re­becca Woods said the cen­tre ap­pre­ci­ated the do­na­tions, and that they would be dis­trib­uted among lo­cal fam­i­lies and home­less peo­ple.

“They gave us a whole gar­den trol­ley full of soap, sham­poo, women’s san­i­tary prod­ucts and nap­pies. It was amaz­ing,” she said.

“We’ve had to make room in our pantry, which is a good thing.”

Ms Woods said the cen­tre had held a hy­giene prod­uct drive in Oc­to­ber, and that had also been suc­cess­ful.

“Peo­ple do feel good when they’re able to give back,” she said.

“We’re the only lo­cally based char­ity that fo­cuses on lo­cal fam­i­lies. We’re run by lo­cals, for lo­cals.”

If you would like to make a do­na­tion, the Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre is run­ning a Christ­mas ap­peal for the month of De­cem­ber, and is ask­ing for Christ­mas food and items to be do­nated ei­ther to the cen­tre or in the do­na­tion trol­ley at Coles in the Whit­sun­day Shop­ping Cen­tre.

HY­GIENE DRIVE: Whit­sun­day Shire Fam­ily Day Care are sup­port­ing the Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre’s hy­giene drive.

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