The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien is encouraging Gippslanders to get behind a worthy cause and support local charity A Better Life for Foster Kids in their mission to provide Christmas presents for all children in foster or kinship care.
Mr O’Brien said just like last year, 2021 has continued to be a difficult year for many but for children in out-of-home care Christmas can be a particularly tough time.
“Christmas is less than 10 weeks away,” Mr O’Brien said.
“While most of us are following restrictions updates with keen interest and celebrating the return of home visits from Friday, the reality is that there are children in our community who will still be unable to be with their family because of circumstances outside their control.
“I am joining a number of businesses across Gippsland in hosting a Giving Tree which will serve as a drop off point for people to donate gifts to these children.
“Donating a gift is a small way we can help brighten their day and keep the magic of Christmas alive.
“Some suggestions for gifts include gift cards, toys and beach towels. Unfortunately, books are discouraged due to high postage costs.
“Gifts should be under $40 in value or $30 for gift cards.”
Mr O’Brien said through her charity, A Better Life for Foster Kids, Heather Baird has been coordinating gifts for hundreds of families with children in out-of-home care across Gippsland.
“It’s a huge effort that relies on the generosity of our wonderful community and I’m proud to be able to serve as a drop-off point this year.
“Gifts can also be posted direct to the charity at PO Box 1138 Sale Vic, 3850.”
Mr O’Brien’s office is located at 54B Cunninghame St, Sale and is open for donation from 9am – 4.30pm weekdays.
Business owners who are also interested in hosting a Giving Tree should visit www.abetterlifeforfosterkids.org.au/ to register.