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08 November 2017

A little help goes a long way

Food donations 

As we hurtle towards the holiday season, planning our Christmas menu and marking items off our Christmas present list, can you spare a thought for some of the families who may be experiencing financial hardship?

Our Dandenong office provides counselling, family support, casework, group work, referrals and advocacy for families living in the Greater Dandenong area, including refugee and asylum seeker families. Many are experiencing a daily struggle to put food on the table.

The provision of food, toiletries and gift cards is a great way to help make their life easier. We don’t think of it as a hand out – but simply a practical way to ease their stress so they are more open to receiving the support they need to address their longer-term concerns.

We welcome donations of the following items:

= Food items: cereals, pasta, rice, flour, sugar, vegetable oil, olive oil, tomato paste, chick peas, lentils, tuna, baked beans, two-minute noodles, long-life milk, jam, biscuits.

= Other: shampoo, soap, deodorant, sanitary products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body wash, toilet paper, toilet gel, sponges, dishwashing liquid, aluminium foil, laundry powder, serviettes, basic stationery items

= Gift cards of any amount (eg Coles, Woolworths, Kmart, Target) are also very handy, allowing families to purchase exactly what they need.

Parishes might also like to organise a food drive in their local community.

If you are able to help, please phone our Dandenong office on 03 8710 9600 to arrange a time to drop off your donated items.

Christmas Appeal

Stella is looking forward to spending Christmas with her mum. Your support can help Stella's mum keep her promise.