Christmas will be a little brighter for children in the care of Mallee Accommodation and Support Program (MASP) thanks to generous gift donations from local businesses and community members.
MASP Chief Executive Officer Vincent Wilson said the support and generosity from the community makes a big difference to clients at this time of year.
“Christmas can be a difficult time for many families in our community,” Mr Wilson said.
“Whether they are experiencing financial hardship or their family circumstances prevent them from spending Christmas in their own home, many children are left without a gift to unwrap on Christmas morning.
“It has been heartwarming to see the show of support from local businesses and many individuals this year, with people of all ages dropping into our office to donate presents they had chosen for a child less fortunate.
“We were grateful to receive more than 200 gifts which had been generously donated by staff and the broader community through Ray White Mildura’s annual Little Ray of Giving initiative, and toy drives hosted by Antisocial Collective and local
Woolworths staff once again saw a wide range of gifts donated for children of all ages – even some for the family pets!
“However big or small, the donations we receive go a long way in bringing hope and joy to families during what may otherwise be a very difficult or lonely time, and we sincerely thank the many local businesses and individuals in our community for their continued support and generosity.”
MASP is a community-based not-for-profit organisation providing services and programs including Disability Services, Homelessness Support, Social Housing, Domestic Violence, Residential Care, Foster Caring, and Youth Mentoring.
The MASP office will be closed for the public holidays during the festive season however all essential client services will continue uninterrupted.