Buy a bauble to make a child happy
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.