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Giving Gippslanders are so generous

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has been overwhelmed by the generosity of Gippslanders as evidenced during recent donation appeals held through his electorate office.

Mr O’Brien said his office was currently hosting a giving tree to collect Christmas presents for children in out-of-home care as organised by local charity A Better Life for Foster Kids, as well as a donation box he hosts year-round for The Nappy Collective Giving Project, which collects unused disposable nappies for local vulnerable parents which are distributed through Uniting Care and Vinnies throughout the year.

“The charitable nature of Gippslanders never ceases to amaze me,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Despite a year of setbacks and heartache for many locals, in just a matter of weeks my office was overflowing with donations.

“I was overwhelmed with pride to see so many people offering their support by way of donations to these wonderful charities.”

Mr O’Brien said the work of Heather Baird and her team of volunteers through A Better Life for Foster Kids was invaluable to the community, having coordinated gifts for more than 700 families with children in out-of-home care in 2019.

“Unfortunately, we have a large number of children in our local area who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in out-of-home care at Christmas time.

“The tireless work of A Better Life for Foster Kids not only ensures these children have a present to unwrap on Christmas Day, but also provide year-round support to children and carers alike.”

Mr O’Brien said The Nappy Collective Giving Project was also an important cause for our community which supports local charities to provide much-needed essentials to vulnerable families to allow them to better care for their children.

“It’s a sad truth that many parents in our community will struggle to meet the costs of the essential supplies needed to raise a young family.

“These families rely on organisations like Vinnies and Uniting Care to support them through tough times and donations such as these help to ease some of that burden.”

“A small act of donating unwanted unused nappies that your child has out grown can have a significant impact on someone else’s life.

“I’m proud to be a collection point for such a worthy cause and even prouder to be the Member of Parliament for an electorate filled with such wonderfully generous people.”

Mr O’Brien said his office would remain a collection point for unused nappies year-round and that Christmas gifts for children in out-of-home care could be dropped off until 4.30pm 19 December 2020.

L-R – St Vincent De Paul’s Sale conference secretary, Maree Ross with The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien and A Better Life for Foster Kids founder Heather Baird.

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