Giving every day

Smithton After School Care children including Hollie Rowling, 5, Lewis Poke, 8, Jarvis Johnson, 9, Logan Johnstone, 8, and Caleb Brown, 7, with coordinator Joanie Coker are contributing to Wyndarra Centre’s hamper appeal this year. Pictures: Ashleigh Force.

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Donate. Smithton After School Care children are learning the meaning of giving through an advent calendar idea with a twist.

Rather than taking chocolates from a commercial advent calendar, children are contributing items to Wyndarra Centre’s Christmas hamper appeal.

Smithton’s after school care coordinator Joanie Coker says students have taken ownership of the idea and are proud to think the donated items will help a family out this Christmas.

“We started in early November so students have had 24 school days to contribute,” says Joanie.

Children were encouraged to donate what they can, whether that be once, twice or not at all.

“We spoke about what it means to give and they’ve all really embraced the idea.”

Students are excited to see the hamper heap grow with every item added.

Last year more than 500 people within the community benefited from the 160 hampers distributed.

Hampers are catered to the individual or family through a self-referral process and include a card with the names of businesses, community groups and individuals who have supported the appeal.

Donations of non-perishable foods and toys can also be dropped off at Wyndarra Centre, Smithton Library, Smithton IGA, Woolworths and Circular Head Council by Monday December 17. Financial donations are tax deductible.

To find out more or to request a hamper, visit Wyndarra Centre at 43 Smith Street, Smithton or call 6452 2722.

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