Appeal shows the power of giving

THE local community came together to spread the Christmas joy and help bring in the new year to families in need.

As part of St Vincent de Paul’s Simply Giving Program, Speaker of the House of Assembly Sue Hickey collected toys and gifts to give to children and families in need for Christmas.

Ms Hickey collected 250 toys, ranging from activity based toys to dress up dolls as well as hand knitted teddy bears and clothes, and books.

“We were tickled pink and I didn’t mind asking people to donate for such a good cause because there are people out there doing it so tough,” Ms Hickey said.

“For a child to wake up on Christmas morning and not even get one gift is unbearable, so it really was something that I was quite passionate about.

“It was a really tough year and it was a really nice way to finish it by seeing the generosity of people.”

The Simply Giving Program was part of St Vincent de Paul’s Christmas Appeal.

St Vincent de Paul Society southern regional manager Maree Cole said they saw some great donations towards the appeal as well as general donations that went to their op shops.

“If we have those donations, we can offer good second hand clothing to people in all areas, and with those funds, we’ll be able to support our community service programs throughout the year,” she said.

“This Christmas Appeal, we supported more than 400 families in southern Tasmanian – we’re really proud we could provide that support to people, particularly around that time of the year where money was stretched.

“We’re proud that St Vincent de Paul Society could provide something towards that special Christmas celebration and we couldn’t have done it without Sue Hickey’s support.”

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