The Rural City of Murray Bridge launched the 2017 Murray Bridge Christmas Hamper Appeal to benefit ac.care, St Vincent de Paul Society and The Salvation Army on September 30.
Last year, these three organisations individually distributed food hampers and toys to more than 250 local families and individuals at Christmas time.
It is hoped this year, by pooling resources and working together, they will reach even more.
Chief Executive Officer Michael Sedgman said while many families were looking forward to festivities, pageants and spending time with loved ones, Christmas could be a very stressful time for people in need.
“This includes people experiencing homelessness, victims of domestic violence, loss of employment, people living with disability or mental health issues, as well as those ‘doing it tough’ on low incomes,” he said.
Mr Sedgman urged those who could do so to support the Hamper Appeal and to help spread Christmas cheer with those who needed it most.
“Our community organisations could not reach the number of people they do without the much valued assistance they receive from community members,” he said.
Our community organisations could not reach the number of people they do without the much valued assistance they receive from community members.Michael Sedgman
Support for the appeal can be made by donating money directly to the charity of choice, donating in-date non-perishable food items or donating toys (unwrapped) – especially those suitable for the 13-16 year age group.
For more information, to donate or to arrange collection of goods, contact:
Murray Bridge branches of ac.care
- 11-21 Kennett Road.
- Phone: 8532 6303
St Vincent de Paul Society
- 11 Second Street.
- Phone 8532 4180
The Salvation Army
- 3 Fourth Street.
- Phone 8531 1133.
Donation forms can be found at www.murraybridge.sa.gov.au.