Spreading the Christmas Cheer and Community Generosity

Its been a busy couple of weeks at The Family Centre with lots of Christmas cheer and community generosity being spread.

Playgroup Christmas Party
Our community partner Seagulls helped us kick of the celebrations hosting The Family Centre’s Annual Playgroup Christmas Party. Over 60 families attended the party and enjoyed music and dancing with Kayleen, face painting with Jasmine and lots of fun craft activities. Santa Claus (aka Alistair the Coffee Man) made a special appearance gifting all the children with books donated by Seagulls.

Christmas Giving Tree
The generosity of the Seagulls crew and their members continued with a Christmas Giving Tree that was displayed in the foyer of Seagulls. Hundreds of presents were donated and gifted to disadvantaged families and young people in our community.

Other community partners who also gave generously donated to the Giving Tree are: Elevations Church, Surf Dive and Ski, Harvey Norman and St James Anglican Church in Kingscliff. A big thank you goes out to our volunteer team who lovingly picked and wrapped all the presents over the past week.

Christmas Gift Wrapping
The Family Centre has Christmas wrapped with a giftwrapping stall at Tweed Mall. A big thank you to Tweed Mall for supporting this fundraising project with all proceeds going to programs we run in the community. Thanks also go to our volunteer team, Seagulls, Surf Dive and Ski and Banora Point High for volunteering their time at the stall. We are wrapping till Christmas Eve so come down and say hello.

Food Hampers
Oz Harvest delivered did their final delivery for the year with an abundance of Christmas food for families in our community. Each week Oz Harvest deliver food from local restaurants and supermarkets that is close to use by date saving it from going to waste. Approximately 25 families and individuals receive this service each week from The Family Centre.

Youth Homelessness Matter Drop Shop
The Youth Homelessness Matter drop shop has been open since August 2017 at Tweed Mall. The drop shop was opened to collect donations of personal hygiene products and school products to give to homeless or at risk of homelessness young.

To date we have the following donations:
286 Soaps
206 toothbrushes
112 toothpastes
190 sanitary products
92 shampoos and conditions
556 School supplies

The Murwillumbah CWA are sewing toiletry bags and filling them with the items to distribute. Thank you to the CWA, Tweed Mall and all the community members who have donated items – keep them coming.

Burgers for Bucks
This month the crew at Grill’d Tweed City have nominated The Family Centre for the Local Matters Community Rewards. With every purchase customers can chose a local charity to forward a donation to and all it costs is a burger! Thanks Grill’d.

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