Bass Coast,

Christmas is a time for giving


Bass Coast Shire Council is once again participating in the annual Christmas Giving Tree Program and is calling on the community to generously donate gifts to help disadvantaged families.

The Christmas Giving Tree program helps ensure that Christmas is a special day for all Bass Coast community members

This is the 13th year Council has worked with the Combined Welfare Group, which consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul and Davey House, to assist the underprivileged families in our community.

Last year, the group distributed 180 food hampers to families across the Shire, with around 300 children able to celebrate and enjoy Christmas as part of these families.

The Group has reported a considerable increase in children requiring gifts compared with previous years.

“Donating a small gift may not seem like much to you, but could mean the world to the child waking up on Christmas Day to find that present under their tree,” Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield said.

“Every year, the Christmas Giving Tree has made Christmas a special occasion for so many local families who would have otherwise gone without, and knowing you’re supporting families right here in our own community makes the whole experience of giving even better.”

Council is asking our community to think of the difference their generosity can make to families in less fortunate situations than they are.

Christmas Giving Trees will be on display in all Council Customer Service Centres in Wonthaggi, Cowes, Grantville and Inverloch, and accepting gifts until Monday, 12 December.

Any gifts received after this date will be held over until next year.

It is also requested that the gifts are new and left unwrapped under the trees.

Food donations are not recommended.