Community’s Christmas spirit

Staff and volunteers at Wyndarra Centre are asking the community to give generously for the ‘Community Christmas Hampers’. Pictured with some of the donations are (from left) Denese Ferguson, Marg Odgers, Irene Dodd, Brylee Smith, Jantze Billing, Ruth Fisher, Libby Billett, Tammy Edwards and Barry King (front centre). Picture: Ashleigh Force. 

Generosity. Christmas is a time for giving and Wyndarra Centre’s staff and volunteers are encouraging locals to give back to their community this year.

The ‘Community Christmas Hampers’ program has been providing assistance to local families for more than 10 years, lessening the financial burden of the festive season with hampers made up of staple food items and toys.

Wyndarra community service worker Tammy Edwards said the program was about providing extra support to families in need at Christmas.

“It (the program) started to meet community needs,” she said.

Last year, 148 hampers were donated to local families, assisting more than 500 people within the community.

“When you think of our population, 500 is a large proportion,” Mrs Edwards said. “But the community needs to be aware that it’s not Wyndarra that makes this possible, it’s the community’s doing.”

The hampers are all made up of local produce with milk products sourced from Murray Goulburn, meat from Johnston Gourmet Meats and IGA, fresh fruit and vegetables from the Smithton Country Market, cakes from Lions clubs and Christmas puddings from Smithton Scouts and many more.

“All goods are ordered locally . . . It’s community based,” Mrs Edwards said.

“Without the community, it wouldn’t happen the way it does.”

The staff and volunteers of Wyndarra thanked the generosity of businesses, schools, community groups and individuals who contribute to the hampers and welcome donations of non-perishable food items, toys or money.

All donations are tax deductible. Hampers are catered to suit the individual or family who will receive the package, and will be delivered or available for collection on Wednesday December 23 from Wyndarra.

To request a hamper visit Wyndarra Centre or phone 6452 2722.

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