Christmas really does bring out the best in people as struggling families in Wauchope are about to discover.
For the second year in a row, Bundaleer Care Services have put the call out to their staff, residents, clients and business partners, asking them to contribute to the Bundaleer “Act of Christmas Kindness - Christmas Hamper drive” in an effort to make a real difference in the lives of local families this Christmas.
“Working with the Wauchope Neighbourhood Centre in the past has really opened our eyes to the struggles that local families are experiencing. We know that with increasing homelessness and of families struggling on the Mid-North Coast, the sad reality is there are lots of our local families that won’t be expecting to have the happy festive season that they so richly deserve” says Bundaleer’s Beth Stitt-Hatton.
“We are thankful to our incredible staff, residents, clients and business partners for their support in helping us create some pretty amazing Christmas hampers that we hope will spread some Christmas cheer where it’s sorely needed.
“At Bundaleer, we truly believe that ‘You Matter’, and we welcome the opportunity to give back to our local community. The Wauchope Neighbourhood Centre do such a great job all year round, so it’s lovely to be able to provide this extra level of support during the holiday period and help make sure that Christmas is a little merrier for everyone.”
The Wauchope Neighbourhood Centre is a community based organisation providing links to community services, advocacy, volunteering, local programs and emergency relief for local families in need.
Regina Evans, Co-ordinator at the Wauchope Neighbourhood Centre welcomes the support from Bundaleer and is excited by the opportunity to provide something extra special to their families for Christmas.
“The Bundaleer hampers will be a godsend for our families who rely on the weekly Food Connect program. This is a program run by volunteers and every Monday morning families who might need a little support to tide them over to pay day are able to come and pick up bread, milk, fruit and vegetables sourced locally by Oz Harvest and big hearted locals with a surplus of home-grown vegies.
“On average we help between 25-30 families every week – but sometimes as many as 50 families might need our help. In the lead up to Christmas, with the increased pressure on families, it is likely to be a higher than average number of families looking to share in our emergency relief.
“This relief could be in the form of anything from using the washing and drying facilities, to securing free return bus tickets to Port Macquarie on Busways, electricity vouchers, free financial counselling, tax help, legal services or the Food Connect program.
“Because these programs are largely run by volunteers, the Wauchope Neighbourhood Centre will be closed from December 20 to January 21. Which is why the hampers are such a great idea as they will help our families who normally rely on us for bread and milk and vegetables every week make it through until third Monday in January when the Centre opens for 2019.
“Last year’s hampers were fantastic – the perfect mix of personal care items and delicious goodies for a Christmas feast and we look forward to be able to hand these out again this years to our families and really make a difference.
You too can help make a difference by contributing to the Act of Christmas Kindness Appeal. Please bring your donations of personal care or non-perishable items to Bundaleer Central Administration at 142a Cameron Street, Wauchope by COB Friday December 14.
Donations could include coffee, tea, sugar, long life milk, tinned or dried fruit, tinned or pickled vegetables, Christmas cake or pudding, fruit mince pies, bon-bons, cordial or juice, sweet and savoury biscuits, long-life custard, nuts or pretzels, jams or chutneys, and more.
Alternatively you could make a tax deductible donation and we will ensure your generous gift goes directly to supporting this drive.
Please feel free to call us on 6585 2811 if you have any further questions. We can't wait to hear from you!