Parklea’s Gift Drive is back this year, bringing Christmas joy to children in need.
The annual drive brings the community together to support disadvantaged families with gifts delivered via local charities 4C’s and Windermere.
“For most children Christmas is a time of excitement as they look forward to holidays, feasts, lights and presents under the tree,” said Jarod Mills, Sales and Marketing Manager at Parklea.
“However, for families struggling to put food on the table, the festive season can be a painful reminder of financial trouble.”
Residents are urged to bring hope and Christmas cheer to local families this year by donating gifts for children up to 16 years old under the Gift Drive trees at Arena Shopping Centre and Timbertop Estate Sales Suite.
Many of the children who will receive these gifts are victims of financial hardship, broken relationships, family violence, and lack of education.
While Christmas gifts won’t solve these larger issues, they can bring hope and joy to children who have had to grow up faster than their peers.
Each year The 4C’s and Windermere help thousands of families across the Cardinia Shire with financial support, housing, job assistance, counselling, life skills training and connection to services.
In response to last year’s drive, Dr Lynette Buoy, CEO of Windermere, said she was grateful for the donations at this difficult time of year.
“We are delighted by the support and display of strong community spirit and thank Parklea for helping us create Merry Moments for those in our community who would otherwise miss out this Christmas.”
Cheryl Daly, General Manager of The 4C’s, was equally grateful.
“These families have been doing it tough over the past year.
“To see the joy on children’s faces as they receive toys from their parents or carers is priceless,” she said.
Jarod Mills of Parklea encouraged members of the community to pitch in again this year and give what they can to those who are struggling.
“We continue to be blown away by the generosity of the community to these initiatives and ask that families take time during their Christmas shopping this year to purchase something for a child in need,” he said.
Visit parklea.com/giftdrive for details on this year’s Gift Drive Donate at Arena Shopping Centre Timbertop Estate Sales Suite Donations close Donations are welcome right up until Christmas, however early donations are greatly appreciated.