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Hamper appeal sending Christmas joy to families

Hamper appeal sending Christmas joy to families

Co-ordinators of Lutheran Community Care in Nuriootpa, Margaret O’Brien and Helen Walker are gearing up for the annual Christmas Hamper Appeal and are looking for community support this festive
season.

Last year the Christmas Hamper Appeal successfully supported 270 families with hampers and Margaret and Helen said the programme will be supporting similar numbers this year.

“This year our numbers have been up in emergency relief and we have already had referrals coming in for hampers,” said Helen.

This is the seventh year that the organisation has supported families in need through the appeal, with hampers reaching families all over the Barossa Valley and as far away as Freeling, Lyndoch, Springton, Eden Valley, Mount Pleasant, Blanchetown, Sedan and Swan Reach.

Lutheran Community Care is again looking to the community to get behind the appeal with food, gift and monetary donations.

While any non-perishable food items are welcomed, there are some items that are more in demand for hampers.

The community is being encouraged to donate more popular items such as Christmas puddings, cakes, long-life milk, custard, fruit juice, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, chips, jam, Vegemite, tinned ham, sweets, biscuits, tinned tuna and cereal.

“We are also looking for donations of gifts for children and young people of up to 18 years of age,” said Margaret.

“We are one of the only organisations that support families with gifts for young people of this age group, but we do struggle with donations for older children.”

Any gifts donated to the appeal must be brand new and these donations, along with food and money can be brought directly to Lutheran Community Care at 24/26 Second Street, Nuriootpa.

Other drop off points for donations include Nuriootpa Foodland, which will allow the community to place gifts under a Christmas tree, Nuriootpa Library, where new books can also be placed under a tree and both Tanunda and Angaston Foodland.

All donations must be received by December 12, with hamper packing to commence on December 16 and 17 and delivery to occur over the following two
days.

“For families, the experience of receiving a hamper can be overwhelming,” said Helen.

“Many people cry because they are so overwhelmed that the community would give to them like this.”

“A lot of people in the Barossa struggle throughout the year and Christmas does put a strain on families,” said Margaret.

“We like to make life a little easier for these families by supplying them with food and gifts.

“We would just really like to make the community aware that small donations such as coffee and cereal really do go a long way and it is a great feeling helping
others.”

The work that Lutheran Community Care does each year could not be done without the support of volunteers and Margaret and Helen said that again they are looking for people to help with jobs such as hamper packing and delivering.

For more information about how you can donate or volunteer contact Lutheran Community Care on 85622688.