We are fortunate in the Hunter electorate to have many quality organisations on hand to support families through challenging times throughout the year and to make Christmas a little brighter when it comes around.
As the festive season nears, Samaritans in Cessnock has officially launched its Toy Appeal. This year, the charity organisation is anticipating an increased demand for Christmas assistance and will rely even further on the generosity of the local community to provide gifts, particularly for children.
“The Samaritans Toy Appeal and the service this organisation provides to those in need in our community all year round is truly invaluable,” Federal Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon said.
“I’m proud to get behind the charity and ask those who are able to, to give generously and help to spread the word.”
Samaritans in Cessnock is collecting toys for children up to 10 years of age with donations of gift cards kindly accepted for children aged 11-12.
A wide range of gifts are required like toys, sports equipment, beach towels, bags and books for children aged 0 - 9. Samaritans asks that donated items do not require batteries for use.
Donations of toys or gift cards can be made directly to the Samaritans Cessnock Office at 198-202 Vincent Street during opening hours.
Local families in need of toys at Christmas must have visited the crisis service (Emergency Relief) at some point in 2018.
“The generosity of the toy donations will help us to bring smiles to many faces on Christmas Day,” Senior Support Worker at Samaritans Information and Neighborhood Centre Denise Crossley said.
“Each year Samaritans always has a large demand for toys, so the earlier we receive your donations, the more ways we are able to effectively distribute them in our Local Government Area.”
All toy and gift card donations are gratefully accepted prior to the 11 December 2018.
“Each year my team supports a local charity and this year we are proud to get behind the Samaritans Christmas Toy Appeal by making our own personal contribution,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.
“I hope our community donates to Samaritans in the coming weeks as they spread the word about their Toy Appeal and I thank people in advance for making a difference this Christmas.”
Picture caption: Federal Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon with Samaritans Cessnock Emergency Relief Case Worker Peter Woolven, Senior Support Worker at Samaritans Information and Neighborhood Centre Denise Crossley and community volunteers Denise Swan and Michele Adams.