Bass Coast,
02
December
2015
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01:41
Australia/Melbourne

Make this Christmas special for all

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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 12th 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.

“Up until two years ago it used to be me that would put something under a community Christmas tree, but I never knew where it went and did not know what it was like to live day to day and struggle,” a recipient of a hamper and gifts last year wrote to the Group.

“It was great that our family had a brilliant Christmas that we could not have done without their help. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

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 and accepting gifts until Monday, 14 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.