CHRISTMAS is a time for giving and Murraylands residents are again being asked to donate towards the Murraylands Annual Christmas Appeal for members of our community who need a helping hand.
The 2020 Murraylands Christmas Appeal sees ac.care, St Vincent de Paul Society and The Salvation Army band together with the support of the Rural City of Murray Bridge to help those in need, especially at the back end of what has been a difficult year.
Rural City of Murray Bridge chief executive officer Michael Sedgman said that due to COVID-19, Christmas would be very different for some.
"At the best of times Christmas can be a very stressful time for people in need and your support is needed more than ever," he said,
"The 2019 appeal was able to reach 260 vulnerable families and provide toys for almost 400 children.
"Our community organisations could not reach the number of people they do without the valued assistance they receive from community members," he said.
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) - suitable for the 14 and under age group.
Monetary donations or cash cards should be provided direct to the charity of choice, which can then provide a tax deductible receipt upon request.
Donated goods can be dropped off at the offices of each charity indicated on or before December 11, 2020.
Last year, Member for Barker Tony Pasin was one of those who donated to the Murraylands Christmas Appeal.
"It's a really busy time of year for everyone as we attempt to get things at work tided up before taking leave and spending time with friends and family, but it's important to take the time to remember the true spirit of Christmas and help those in our community who might be doing it tough," he said after donating in 2019.
"Donating to a cause like this is a great way to help those who might need a little help at Christmas," said Mr Pasin.
-Details: For more information, to donate or to arrange collection of goods contact Murray Bridge branches of ac.care at 29 Bridge Street from December on 8531 4900 or St Vincent de Paul Society at 11 Second Street on 8532 4180.
Donation forms can be found at www.murraybridge.sa.gov.au/christmasappeal.