Generosity to the fore

Welfare and relief groups praise community for support
PHOTO: Emma Hillier
DONATIONS ARE IN THE BAG: Carevan Wangaratta’s Lorraine Wisener and Trudy Cornish with Christmas hampers, stored in reusable Boomerang Bags, which will be given out at the group’s meal sessions prior to Christmas. PHOTO: Emma Hillier

COMMUNITY generosity continues to astound local welfare and emergency relief groups, as need for their services rises in the lead-up to Christmas.

Tanya Grant, Anglicare Victoria community development worker, said while the level of need appeared similar to previous pre-Christmas periods, the increase in donations to organisations like Loaves and Fishes Christians Caring was “amazing”.

“We had a lady who saw our first Grab a Grocery and turned up with six bags of groceries chosen specifically to fit our list of suggested items,” she said.

“We have had a few times like that where people have got their family together to buy groceries to donate.

“They’re the things that really do warm your heart and make you realise what a great community this is.

“We have had some tough years as a community, but people are always happy to support the grassroots stuff if they can see it’s making a difference locally.

“And it does make a huge difference for people in need, knowing that other people care a little bit.

“There are some days when we get to the end of the day and you get quite emotional about how beautiful people can be; that is great to see, because unfortunately you do see the other side.

“It’s the fact that people do it so anonymously.

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