While Christmas is all about the spirit of giving, many children don’t get to experience the joy and wonder of waking up to presents tucked under a tree.
But locals now have the chance to donate a gift to children working with south-west support agencies focused on supporting families in need.
Warrnambool’s Emma House and Brophy Family and Youth Services, Hamilton’s McKillop Family Services, and St Vincent de Paul in both Warrnambool and Camperdown have together nominated 150 children who will otherwise be left with nothing when they wake on Christmas morning.
Gift tags outlining the child’s gender and age are being hung in Sinclair Wilson’ offices in Warrnambool, Camperdown and Hamilton, and unwrapped gifts can be left in tubs underneath each office’s Christmas tree.
Sinclair Wilson partner Felicity Melican, who established the firm’s first wishing tree five years ago, said it was important to know that south-west residents’ donations found their way to local homes.
“These contributions remain in our local community, rather than being sent to a central point in Melbourne or Sydney, and people have always told us this is why it resonates with them,” she said.
“The children these agencies work with often are already marginalised or feel as though they miss out,” she said. This is just one way we can help ensure they can enjoy this special time of the year and feel part of the undeniable magic that occurs on Christmas morning.”