Each Christmas Yarrawonga Health works closely with other local groups to provide food and gifts to the disadvantaged members of the community.
Families are encouraged to register for assistance and are provided with a hamper of Christmas food items and age-appropriate gifts for children up to the age of 17 years.
The ‘Pay it Forward’ appeal was previously supported by the Government Emergency Relief Vulnerable Groups funding, however, this funding is now discontinued.
In spite of this, Yarrawonga Health remains committed to assisting vulnerable people and families in the community.
“Our previous years’ appeals have been extremely successful and there is a recognised need within our community,” said Yarrawonga Health’s Stephanie Kennedy.
“We will continue to endeavour to fill that need but we need support from members of the community to enable us to deliver this assistance.”
This year Yarrawonga Health is partnering with the combined churches of Yarrawonga, who have pledged a financial donation, as well as Foodshare who will assist with the food hampers.
There will be Christmas trees to accept donations at Judd’s Mensland, ClubMulwala and Country Buddies where children’s presents, vouchers and donations will be accepted. ClubMulwala will also continue their support with non-perishable food items and gifts from their ‘Gift Tree’ to the Yarrawonga Health Christmas appeal, along with any donations from their members and guests.
Vinnies will also be contributing to help address the need within the community.
With all groups working together, hopefully the ‘Pay it Forward’ appeal will be able to assist vulnerable children, adults and families at a very financially stressful time of year.
“Last year the staff delivered the presents to each individual family. The look on their faces is priceless and what Christmas in a community such as Yarrawonga is all about,” said Stephanie.
Anyone wishing to donate to the ‘Pay it Forward’ appeal, please contact Yarrawonga Health Community Services or leave your donation at Judd’s Mensland, ClubMulwala or Country Buddies.
Families can register for assistance by contacting Yarrawonga Health Community Services on 5743 8111. Registrations will close on December 15.