Pitching in for those in need

By Cobram Courier

For 20 years, Target Cobram and Cobram Uniting Church have provided temporary relief and joy to community members struggling during the festive period.

Each year, Target’s annual Christmas Appeal helps the UnitingCare Network to support its community services and programs nationwide.

Customers can buy a bauble for $1. This money is used to provide toys to children aged up to 12 in the local community. Last year the organisation helped about 70 local families with gifts (around 160 children).

Uniting volunteer Jan Goulding said the team was thrilled to play a small part in such an important community campaign and encouraged shoppers to donate as much or as little as they could.

She said organisations across town operated in tandem to provide the invaluable service.

‘‘Community House is very important in linking it all together. They send forms out to all the schools and childcare centres and then the people who want to access the service fill in the form and we get them back and then they come to the Uniting Church hall and select what they want for their children,’’ Ms Goulding said.

Target’s Kerry Horne said the long-standing partnership between the store and UnitingCare had always garnered fantastic support.

‘‘We always get a terrific response from the community,’’ she said.

‘‘Everybody pitches in and we always ask customers if they would like to donate and they won’t just donate one thing, they’ll contribute two, three, or even four items sometimes.’’

Ms Horne said all the proceeds raised from the appeal remained in town to benefit of the local community.

‘‘The money does stay here. So whatever people donate within the tags stays in Cobram and the registers take it.

‘‘It doesn’t get divided up; whatever we take in our registers stays here for the community’s benefit.”

The appeal runs until December 24.