For many families and individuals, Christmas can be a difficult time of year.
But this Christmas is a little different; after the Black Summer East Gippsland bushfires, and now COVID-19, we know our community will be in far greater need for services and support compared to recent years.
With the ongoing impact of both the bushfires and COVID-19, many are now living in very vulnerable situations. People have lost their livelihoods, their homes and their loved ones…
Family conflict has increased and intensified; those living on their own have experienced crushing loneliness and isolation; and families and individuals have been left wondering where their next meal will come from.
“Families are really struggling, we’re seeing so many people coming to us in search of help,” says Netty Horton, CatholicCare Chief Executive Officer. “Our heart goes out to them, and we are doing all we can to give them the support they need to get through this difficult time.”
Over the last 10 months we have experienced a significant surge in requests for assistance. We have supported over 5,500 individuals with counselling and financial aid, as well as almost 700 refugees. With your help, we want to make Christmas a brighter and happier time for the most vulnerable in our community.
CatholicCare Giving Tree Appeal
This year CatholicCare is launching the Giving Tree Appeal where we aim to deliver food hampers to 500 families and individuals in need and, with extra support, provide subsidised and much needed services like counselling to support mental wellbeing.
We invite you to make a donation today to help a struggling family or individual. Every gift, great or small, will make a difference this Christmas.
Together we can achieve our mission to help others “live life to the full”!
Donate or learn more at www.ccam.org.au/GivingTreeAppeal
Photo: Marymede Catholic College students are getting involved in the Giving Tree Appeal.
CatholicCare is partnering with Catholic Education Melbourne for the Giving Tree Appeal, encouraging schools to get involved! Learn about how schools can get involved here.