A small gift can make a BIG difference

Connections UnitingCare is encouraging businesses and individuals to donate to their annual Christmas Food and Gift Appeal to ensure that everyone has something to celebrate this Christmas.

Now in its 14th year, the Connections Christmas Food and Gift Appeal relies on the goodwill of members of the local community to donate non-perishable food items and gifts. Without this support, Connections would not be able to continue to provide this service to those who need it most.

This year, it is estimated that nearly 600,000 Australian children will be living in poverty; anadditional 40,000 will be living in out-of-home care and away from their families during the festive season.

Last year alone, the appeal supplied over 6000 gifts and 600 food hampers to individuals and families in need. With demand expected to be just as high this year.

‘We must recognise that for many families in our community, Christmas brings a lot of extra financial and emotional pressure that can be quite overwhelming if you are already struggling,’ said Ms Forbes.

‘We are asking our local community to help us again this year so that we can spread the Christmas cheer to as many individuals and families as we can.

‘This Appeal very effectively delivers important Christmas items directly to those most in need. Our Case Workers, sometimes hand-in-hand with their clients, will select items that have been generously donated by members of the community,’ said Ms Forbes.

‘We are experiencing a shortage of food supplies this year and we are asking for the community to buy a few extra items when they next shop and donate it to us so that we can make this time of year a little brighter for people in need,’ said Ms Forbes.

Items can be dropped at any one of Connections’ offices located in Blackburn, Cranbourne, Croydon, Dandenong, Narre Warren, Pakenham or Windsor. For more information about Connections’ offices are located, click here.

Once again Connections is partnering with UnitingCare Australia and Target Australia via their Giving Box appeal. A large Giving Box will be displayed at the front of every Target store and shoppers are encouraged to place unwrapped gifts inside or take a bauble gift tag to make a donation at the register. For more information visit givingbox.com.au