In a trolley load of soap and shampoo
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.