THE Women’s Resource Centre is bringing smiles, and likely a few tears, of gratitude to many this Christmas.
The WRC is distributing hampers of food and toys to families in need thanks to the generosity of local community members, service organisations and a few anonymous donors.
Gabrielle Powell from the WRC said volunteers had been wrapping presents for two days and cash donations had been put to considerable effect by “shopper extraordinaire” Linda Sang to compile the hampers.
“Linda shopped hard,” Ms Powell joked.
“The car was packed like she was going to open her own supermarket – she’s a very efficient shopper.”
Hampers are heading the way of the local women’s refuge as well as distributed via Family Support, Medicare Local, PRA mental health, SEWACS, Staying Home Leaving Violence and Brighter Futures.
Ms Powell said recipients included “some people really struggling” such as single mothers, families experiencing domestic violence or drug and alcohol issues, those with financial difficulties or mental health concerns.
“We’re hoping these hampers bring a bit of cheer,” she said.
The hampers will be distributed this weekend and are sure to be a welcome surprise for many – Ms Powell said there is only one person who knows they are receiving one.