XMAS HAMPER: St Vincent De Paul Caloundra's Peter Ryan, Bendigo Bank's Pip Fawcett, Maureen Pontin and Mary Bliss today launched the Vinnies’ Christmas Hamper Appeal to bring a little joy to some of those less fortunate families. Photo: Contributed
XMAS HAMPER: St Vincent De Paul Caloundra's Peter Ryan, Bendigo Bank's Pip Fawcett, Maureen Pontin and Mary Bliss today launched the Vinnies’ Christmas Hamper Appeal to bring a little joy to some of those less fortunate families. Photo: Contributed

Xmas hampers bring joy

CHRISTMAS is a special time for most of the community, but it can also be a challenging and lonely time for some families and individuals.

Members of the Caloundra St Vincent de Paul Society, with the support of sponsors including the Caloundra Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank, will bring a little joy to some of these families with the gift of a Christmas food hamper.

Now in its 10th year, St Vinnie’s is seeking donations of money and non-perishable food items so people in need can receive a hamper.

In launching this year’s campaign yesterday, Caloundra’s St Vincent de Paul Society’s Peter Ryan was asking local residents to dig deep and get involved early.

He hoped it would help lighten the load and bring a bit of cheer to families and members of the Caloundra community who are in need or alone at Christmas time.

“The hampers are a simple and practical gesture of friendship and support for people who may be alone or doing it a bit tough at this time of year,” he said.

Mr Ryan said Vinnies was a volunteer charity that had been part of the Caloundra community for more than 50 years.

He added the organisation’s work to provide a hand-up to families and individuals who were experiencing personal and material difficulties could not happen without the support of others themselves.

“The continued support of sponsors … at this special time and also across the whole year is invaluable to the work of St Vincent De Paul in Caloundra,” Mr Ryan said.

Donations of non-perishable food items can be placed in specially decorated containers at the Caloundra Bendigo Bank, Caloundra IGA store, Vinnies’ second-hand store and the Caloundra Catholic Church.



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