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Christmas Appeal 2020 Update

Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s Christmas Appeal and helped make it a success.

From gifts for children and food parcels, to take away Christmas meals, we raised over $30,000 touching the lives of more than 500 struggling South Australians – an amazing result!

 

WestCare Toy Appeal

After a year of immense challenge and change, over 240 children enjoyed an extra special experience this Christmas.  

Parents from families experiencing homelessness, financial hardships and culturally-diverse backgrounds came to the WestCare Centre from 8 to 10 December to choose gifts for their children.

Our meeting rooms were transformed into Santa’s treasure trove filled with toys and gifts – all made possible by the generosity of our donors. 

 

Christmas Lunch

For people facing homelessness, the significance of a hot meal and a friendly face during Christmas means a lot.

This year, we couldn’t gather around the table for a seated lunch but over 175 guests enjoyed a takeaway meal of home-cooked chicken, turkey (with all the trimmings) and Christmas pudding with custard. 

Andrew*, a WestCare client, said: “Coming to WestCare for Christmas lunch is a special thing for me. I feel like part of the community here and knowing they care for us makes all the difference”.

A huge thank you to our students on placement and the WestCare team for organising this special event.

 

Toys for clients in Care and Disability Pathways

Our amazing staff contribution helped us bring joy to over 130 Care Pathways clients and 43 WestCare children.   Significantly, many staff gave several times to ensure everyone received a gift.

 

Baptist Care SA’s Limestone Coast Toy Run

After a year filled with uncertainty and challenges, hundreds of children and young people across regional South Australia received an extra special gift at Christmas through Baptist Care SA’s Limestone Coast Toy Run.

The community rallied together to raise close to $10,000 for families in need throughout the region.

In total, 352 children and young people received gifts which were distributed through 12 schools and community organisations across the Limestone Coast region.

Thank you to the businesses, community groups, clubs and individuals who helped us deliver Christmas cheer to children and families in need. 

 

LIFE FM’s ‘December to Remember’

Huge thanks to the wonderful LIFE FM Roadies team who provided more than 160 ‘present bundles’ filled with essentials including a water bottle, dental kit and some Christmas goodies.

These gifts were distributed to the guests who came to our WestCare Centre on Christmas Day for lunch.

After such a challenging year, your support is appreciated more than ever. Thank you!

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