A lit­tle Ray of giv­ing to needy

Seymour Telegraph - - YOUR LOCAL DINING GUIDE - Roger Mans­bridge, Ann Stan­brook, Paul Fleming and Jo Clark en­cour­age res­i­dents to donate a gift as part of Ray White and St Vin­cent de Paul’s A Lit­tle Ray of Giv­ing cam­paign. Ray White Seymour’s Jo Clark and St Vin­cent de Paul Seymour Con­fer­ence’s Paul F

Christ­mas is a time of giv­ing, and once again res­i­dents are be­ing called upon to donate a gift to bring a smile to dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple in the com­mu­nity on Christ­mas morn­ing.

St Vin­cent de Paul Seymour Con­fer­ence and Ray White are team­ing up for ‘A lit­tle Ray of giv­ing’, and are call­ing on the com­mu­nity to em­brace the giv­ing sea­son and dig deep for chil­dren who need it most.

By bring­ing in a wrapped gift for those fam­i­lies who are less for­tu­nate, you will help put a smile on the face of some­one who may need some ex­tra cheer at this time of year.

‘‘All you need to do is wrap up your present and drop it un­der the tree in our of­fice,’’ Ray White Seymour’s Jo Clark said.

‘‘Those who wish to donate a gift just need to in­form the Ray White team if the gift is for a male or fe­male, and nom­i­nate an age group.’’

Ray White Seymour (10 Wal­lis St) has a spe­cial giv­ing tree in their front of­fice and are col­lect­ing gifts now.

St Vin­cent de Paul Seymour Con­fer­ence’s Paul Fleming said they were pleased to be in as­so­ci­a­tion with Ray White again this year.

‘‘We will be dis­tribut­ing the presents from De­cem­ber 11, so we re­ally want to en­cour­age lo­cal res­i­dents that are able to take in a gift to Ray White so we can dis­trib­ute to a fam­ily in need,’’ he said.

‘‘The toys and ham­pers that fam­i­lies re­ceive are greatly ap­pre­ci­ated at Christ­mas time, which is of­ten one of the hard­est times for our clients.

‘‘Thanks to Jo Clark, Michael O’Sul­li­van and the whole Ray White team for help­ing to make this hap­pen.’’

The Seymour branch of St Vin­cent de Paul as­sisted 300 lo­cal fam­i­lies this year, in­clud­ing 79 new fam­i­lies.

Mr Fleming said that as­sis­tance ranged from food aid, vouch­ers for fresh food at the lo­cal IGA su­per­mar­ket, as well as their Christ­mas aid, and to­talled just un­der $30 000.

‘‘The Con­fer­ence as­sis­tance cen­tre is a lis­ten­ing ear for those in need,’’ Mr Fleming said.

‘‘We are also a con­duit to a range of so­cial ser­vices in­clud­ing power and tele­phone re­bates, and re­fer­rals to Beyond Hous­ing.

‘‘Some­times peo­ple come in and they are three or four days short of their Cen­tre­link pay­ment and they have no food in the house, so we’re able to help them out with some sta­ples like bread and pasta, and we have vouch­ers for the IGA su­per­mar­ket for them to buy fresh ve­g­ies.’’

St Vin­cent de Paul Seymour Con­fer­ence is lo­cated at 76B An­zac Ave, and is open Mon­day to Wed­nes­day, 9.30 am to 1 pm. The cen­tre will close on De­cem­ber 19 un­til the new year.

Good cheer:

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