Giving tree appeal to put Christmas smiles on local kids

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Wests Group Macarthur has once again partnered with local charity Big Yellow Umbrella to support families doing it tough as Christmas approaches.

On Wednesday, they launched the 2023 Giving Tree Appeal, which will accept community donations until December 7.

Giving trees have been set up across all Wests Group Macarthur venues, including Wests League Club Leumeah, Country Club Gledswood Hills, Lakeside Golf Club Camden as well as Narellan Town Centre.

This year’s appeal – which comes in the middle of a cost of living crisis for many – is seeking new and unwrapped Christmas gifts for children of all ages.

 “The state of the national economy is impacting families like never before,’’ says Kim Landouw from Big Yellow Umbrella.

“We are seeing a greater demand for our Yellow Hampers food relief services, mental health supports, and youth outreach programs.

“The cost of living is far beyond the reach of many local Macarthur families and the financial stress is being felt by many.

“A small gesture from a complete stranger could be the lift someone needs to let them know they are not alone.

“If you can give during this hard time, please know your kind donation will go toward putting a smile on the face of a local Macarthur-based family this Christmas,” Ms Landouw said.

There will also be a cash donation option of up to $20 available via Wests Group reception tills.

The 2023 Giving Tree gift wrapping day will be taking place at Country Club Gledswood Hills on Monday, December 11 and volunteers who would like to lend a hand are welcome to attend.

“We recognise that many families are really feeling the pinch and we hope that through running this appeal once again, we can offer disadvantaged families and children in Macarthur the chance to experience the excitement and joy of Christmas,’’ says Wests Group chairman Alan Buxton.

“Last year, the initiative delivered just under 1,000 presents to some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged families in the region and we hope to achieve a similar result in 2023.’’

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