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Mayor’s Christmas appeal opens early this year

An early start to the 2020 Mayor’s Christmas Appeal means Campbelltown residents can play their part in bringing some cheer to those in the community doing it tough.

The appeal for new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items will run until Friday, December 18.

The Macarthur Combined Churches will distribute the gifts.

All donations will be safely cleaned in line with Covid-19 guidelines and those who want to give are encouraged to visit donation points individually to minimise foot traffic and keep contact to a minimum.

“This year has been challenging for many of us but it is important that we continue to dig deep this festive season and showcase that generous Campbelltown community spirit to help others in this difficult time,” says Mayor George Brticevic, pictured above.

“We have opened the appeal early this year to help increase donations so that more families can celebrate Christmas.

“So head down to one of our collection points and help spread a bit of festive cheer in our community,” he said.

Collection boxes are located at the Campbelltown Civic Centre and local libraries.

Second-hand or wrapped items are unable to be accepted.

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In other council news, community groups can access Campbelltown Cares grants of up to $2,000.

 The grants are available to organisations that have created programs responding to social issues in the community, particularly those addressing social isolation issues.

November 5 is the cut off date to apply for a grant.

Funding priorities include programs that address:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders community wellbeing
  • Addressing social isolation issues within the community (Seniors, CALD and people with disability)
  • Domestic violence
  • Food security
  • Homelessness
  • Refugee, migrants and asylum seekers
  • Targeted activities reducing issues related to youth isolation and disengagement

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