Donate a present, help a Hume family

Christmas tree in a Hume customer service centre
It's Christmas time: Presents have been donated for Hume children in need

Hume City Council encourages people to consider whether they could donate a toy for a boy or a girl this Christmas.

Hume has called on residents to place a wrapped present under the Christmas trees which adorn its customer service centres at Broadmeadows, Craigieburn and Sunbury.

Council will disperse the gifts to local charities, so that the toys can be given to Hume children who come from underprivileged families.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said Council wanted to ensure that every child could receive some Christmas cheer in 2015.

“Hume is a close community and the people of this municipality have always looked out for each other,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“We know that there are many families in Hume who have faced their challenges, and Christmas can be a very difficult time for those who do not possess a great deal.

“While most of us will feel a little stressed as Christmas approaches, there are some families in Hume who simply can’t afford to pay for a toy or two this year.

“It’s important to consider that, if not for some lucky break or an opportunity which paid off, that family could be my family, and that child could be my child.

“Every child in Hume deserves a beautiful surprise this Christmas, and I know that our community will pull together to ensure that no youngster misses out because of a family’s financial strain.

“I ask people to bring in a Christmas gift for a Hume child in need, because this small gesture will make a really big difference.

“When a child unwraps their present, they will understand that someone took the time to think about them and, more importantly, care for them.

“This is the spirit of Christmas and it’s also the spirit of our magnificent community, made up of families who have come from near and far to make their home, and build their future.”

People are asked to place a label on their wrapped toy which indicates an age bracket and identifies whether the present is for a boy or a girl.

Residents are encouraged to donate new toys that can be found at the toy section of a shop, like Lego, dolls, superhero figurines, craft kits, and crayons.

The gifts can be left under the Christmas trees at Council’s customer service centres until 23 December 2015.

The centres are located at:

• 1079 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows;
• 75-95 Central Park Avenue, Craigieburn; and
• 40 Macedon Street, Sunbury.

Cr Patsikatheodorou has wished all Hume residents a very happy Christmas.

“The year 2015 has been another busy one, and I hope that every resident of Hume can spend some time with the people they love this Christmas,” she said.

“To the 188,000 residents of Hume I say: Merry Christmas and a very happy 2016.”

People who would like more information about how to donate a wrapped gift may call Hume City Council on 03 9205 2200.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 7 December 2015


Updated : 11:45 AM, 7 December 2015

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