The spirit of giving

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March 6, 2020

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Many people in our community, who find the festive season particularly hard, had a brighter Christmas thanks to you.

You responded to those in need with a sense of compassion and generosity through our fundraising initiatives.

Food For Families

The 70 tonnes of food and other essential items pledged through Food For Families provided some much-needed Christmas cheer for people in crisis. It has also gone some way to restocking our shelves so we can continue to provide food to those that come to us for assistance in 2020.

We received a record number of registrations, with almost 900 individuals, families, schools, workplaces, congregations and community groups participating.

An additional 250 food boxes were delivered to Uniting in January for our relief efforts in bushfire-affected communities.

“Donating food and other essentials is a practical way to help people going through a tough time.” – Eileen

Food For Families 2020

Register anytime at foodforfamilies.org.au to collect food as a family, individual, workplace, school, community group, church or sporting club.

When registering you can select to be a drop-off point where participants can deliver their food and toiletry items.

Christmas Share Appeal

Through our Christmas Share Appeal, your generosity helped raise over $380,000 to support families working towards a brighter future.

You were introduced to two families – Skye and her children, Ryda and Aylah, and new parents, Levi and Freya. We are thrilled to let you know that both families are doing well.

Aldous, (pictured above with his mum, Freya) is a healthy, blue-eyed baby with a full head of dark hair. The couple enjoyed their first Christmas as a family and Levi has returned to work to support them.

Meanwhile, Skye beamed with pride as Ryda set off for his first day of Grade Two. Skye continues to attend our programs, along with Aylah, to build her parenting skills.

Shout out to our top Food For Families collectors

Congregations

  • St Andrew’s Uniting Church
  • Ringwood Uniting Church
  • St John’s Toorak

Community groups

  • The Avenue Neighbourhood House
  • Mitcham Community House
  • Concept Blue residents

Individuals and families

  • Michelle Lovell
  • Jessica Cox
  • Eileen Rooney

Schools

  • Aspendale Gardens Primary
  • Gardenvale Primary
  • Templeton Primary

Workplaces

  • Swinburne University
  • 13cabs
  • IMCD AUSTRALIA

Thank you for helping us share joy and hope at Christmas.

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