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Donate a Christmas gift so local children don't miss out

Thu 16 November, 2017

All libraries in the City of Banyule will, for the first time, be among local drop off points for donations of new toys and gift vouchers to ensure children in need in this community don’t miss out at Christmas.

Local residents, businesses and community groups have been donating new, quality gifts to the Banyule Children’s Annual Gift Appeal for children of local families experiencing financial hardship for more than 20 years.

For these families, Christmas can be a particularly stressful time.

Banyule Mayor Cr Tom Melican encouraged residents to donate a gift at one of the drop off points located throughout the municipality.

“The Banyule Children’s Annual Gift Appeal helps us make sure that children in our community don’t miss out because their families are going through a tough time,” he said.

“It’s important to keep in mind that Christmas is about giving, whatever our cultural or religious background.

“The call is now out for residents, local businesses and community groups to donate toys, gift vouchers or cash to their nearest drop off point to help make Christmas that little bit easier for these families.”

New, unwrapped, good quality toy donations and gift vouchers for children aged from birth to 16 can be dropped off until mid-December at:

  • All Banyule libraries and service centres
  • Ivanhoe Aquatic, 170 Waterdale Rd, Ivanhoe
  • Banyule Community Health Centre, 21 Alamain Rd, Heidelberg West
  • Banyule Community Health, 3/25-33 Grimshaw St, Greensborough.
  • Shop 48 The Harmony Centre, The Bell Street Mall, Heidelberg West.

Needed particularly are toys suitable for children aged under 3, children aged between 7 and 12, and gift vouchers for children aged over 12.  Money donations can be made over the phone or in person at Council centres. Please note that soft toys and second hand goods cannot be accepted.