Buy a bauble to make a child happy

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS - By Lach­lan Durl­ing

THE Tar­get and Unit­ingCare Christ­mas Ap­peal is in full swing again this year, with do­na­tions be­ing ac­cepted at Echuca Tar­get.

Shop­pers can pur­chase an ap­peal bauble for $1 or give an un­wrapped gift at Tar­get which will go to­wards a gift for chil­dren in Echuca and dis­trict.

Lo­cal Unit­ingCare co­or­di­na­tor, Julie Lang­don Sands of Echuca Moama Com­mu­nity Projects, said each year is in­creas­ingly tough for fam­i­lies, fac­ing is­sues such as un­em­ploy­ment, men­tal health is­sues, strug­gling busi­nesses and farm­ing all co­in­cid­ing with ever-in­creas­ing liv­ing costs.

“We rely on the gen­er­ous peo­ple in our com­mu­nity to dig deep, and Echuca Moama are al­ways ex­tra­or­di­nary in their gift giv­ing in many dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the com­mu­nity,” she said.

“Our ap­peal al­ways favours from this gen­eros­ity.”

Julie said the 2017 ap­peal saw do­na­tions at the Echuca Tar­get Store, the Echuca-Moama Fam­ily Med­i­cal Prac­tice, Echuca Lions Club and in­di­vid­u­als that dropped by gifts, sup­port­ing 215 lo­cal chil­dren.

“This year, Tar­get Echuca hoped the ap­peal would raise more than last year to sup­port the in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple who will strug­gle at Christ­mas with­out the gen­er­ous sup- port from us all,” she said. “This year we were ex­cited to have stu­dents from the Echuca Spe­cial­ist School sup­port our launch com­ing down to the Tar­get store to show off some of the gifts that could po­ten­tially be do­nated for strug­gling fam­i­lies. The stu­dents are also as­sist­ing by col­lect­ing gifts at des­ig­nated busi­nesses over the week lead­ing up to Christ­mas, as part of their com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion goals.’’ Do­na­tions are open un­til De­cem­ber 21 and dis­tri­bu­tion days will be out soon.

CHRIST­MAS AP­PEAL: Tar­get Echuca man­ager Greg Heynes, left, and Julie Lang­don Sands (Echu­caMoama Com­mu­nity Projects) with ESS stu­dents.

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