Mayoress launches Community Christmas Gift Appeal

Published on 16 November 2018

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The Mayoress of Blacktown City, Anne Bali, is calling on the people and businesses of Blacktown City to remember those less fortunate in our community by donating to the Mayoress Community Christmas Gift Appeal.

The annual gift appeal was officially launched last Friday and this year gift donations can be made Online or at many centres around Blacktown City.

“This year the gift appeal is focused on two wonderful charities; Act for Kids and MacKillop Family Services, and one of our Sister Cities where the local community is having a very tough time,” Mayoress Bali said.

“Act for Kids provides free support services to children and families who have experienced, or are at risk of, child abuse and neglect. For more than 30 years they have been helping children and families with services including; integrated therapy, support for vulnerable families, education services, residential services, special workshops to empower kids and safe houses in remote Aboriginal communities.

“MacKillop Family Services is an agency that provides special support services to vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people and their families.

“Its services include; working with families raising a child with a disability, helping children and young people who cannot live at home and supporting families experiencing disadvantage or crisis.

“This year we will be supporting our Sister City partner, Liverpool Plains Shire Council in Quirindi by donating gifts to children of families in need during this difficult time. The drought has had a huge financial impact on families and this Christmas we hope to bring back their smiles with our donations.

“The appeal is an opportunity for the people of Blacktown City to show their generosity by helping out those doing it tough this Christmas and this year you can donate gifts Online,” Mayoress Bali said.

Gifts are collected for children aged up to 16 years. Gift suggestions include toys, books, new clothing and non-perishable goods. Gifts should be unwrapped or in a gift bag for ease of distribution. Donate to either charity or to Liverpool Plains Shire Council by buying a Christmas gift and leaving it under the tree at various places throughout Blacktown City:

Donating Online through Simply Giving streamlines the gift donation process by offering gift options chosen directly by the charities to suit the needs of the children and families they support.

The gifts will be wrapped and delivered directly to the charities, saving double handling and any extra costs.

Simply search ‘Mayoress Christmas Gift Appeal’ on Blacktown Council website or go to: 

https://blacktowngiftappeal.simplygiving.com.au/about.cfm?&subdomain=blacktowngiftappeal;

Gifts will be accepted up until Friday, 7 December, 2018.

Full list of collection places:

Blacktown

  • Blacktown City Council Foyer, 62 Flushcombe Road
  • Max Webber Library, Flushcombe Road
  • Office of Stephen Bali MP, Member for Blacktown, Shop 3063, Westpoint Shopping Centre
  • Westpoint Shopping Centre, Level 3 Customer Service Desk. 

Mount Druitt

  • Mt Druitt Hub, Ayres Grove
  • Office of Edmond Atalla MP, Member for Mt Druitt, Office Suite 201, Westfield Mt Druitt Shopping Centre
  • Office of Ed Husic MP, Member for Chifley, Shop 6, Cleeve Close

Rooty Hill

  • The Rooty Hill RSL- 55 Sherbrook Street.

Seven Hills

  • Office of Michelle Rowland MP, Member for Greenway, 230 Prospect Hwy
  • Office of Mark Taylor MP, Member for Seven Hills, 166 Best Road.

Smithfield

  • Office of Dr Hugh McDermott MP, Member for Prospect, 2/679 The Horsley Drive. 

Stanhope Gardens

  • Blacktown Leisure Centre, Stanhope Parkway
  • Office of Kevin Conolly, MP, Member for Riverstone, Shop 20, Stanhope Village, Sentry Drive. 

St Marys

  • Office of Prue Car, MP, Member for Londonderry, 154 Queen Street.

Kids Early Learning Centres