Broad community support spreads Christmas cheer

UNIQUE CONTRIBUTION: Mount Gambier’s Pine Tree Quilters donated 100 Santa sacks created by members to assist with’s distribution of donated toys at the Mount Gambier Community Centre. Group representatives Kaye Dalgarno and Ohna Green delivered the donation to’s Rebecca Haggett.

WE saw the generosity of regional communities at the end of a challenging 2020, with strong support for our Christmas appeals.

Diverse donors, from church groups to service clubs, businesses, schools and individuals across our regions contributed, allowing us to spread some Christmas cheer to hundreds of vulnerable country South Australians.

More than 200 children received toys thanks to donations to our appeal at the Mount Gambier Community Centre, supporting 97 families at Christmas.

We were able to provide gifts and hampers to 189 families, couples and individuals, thanks to your generous donations to the centre.

Our joint Murray Bridge appeal allowed distribution of 271 toys and 190 hampers and vouchers to families and individuals.

The appeal was coordinated in partnership with The Salvos and St Vinnies, supported by Rural City of Murray Bridge Council.

Meanwhile, donations at our Berri site also supported the Riverland Christmas Appeal, which allocated toys and food hampers for our clients.

There were many diverse donors and too many to list here, but every contribution was appreciated and we made sure these donations made it to people who needed your support.

Major contributions included $7500 to from the Mount Gambier Community Mayor’s Christmas Appeal, supporting distribution of gifts and other vital support over the festive season.

More than $2000 was contributed by the Mount Gambier Family Truck Show committee, which facilitated contributions of more than 125 toys from the community, plus $1200 worth of Oatmill Cinema tickets, matched with free 10-pin bowling for 60 children at Kaboom Entertainment, supported by OG Roberts.

Hundreds of toys were also delivered to children thanks to donations from Big W shoppers in Mount Gambier and Murray Bridge, boosted with a contribution from the management of the Marketplace shopping centres.

Good360 was also a major contributor to our Christmas appeal, providing Lego and other valuable goods for distribution, repurposed from surplus stock at major retailers to support vulnerable people.

Gifts handed out at the Mount Gambier Community Centre were lovingly packed into Christmas sacks made and donated by the Pine Tree Quilters.

Thank you from us all to everyone who helped us spread some festive cheer and supported throughout the year.

We couldn’t help as many people without your support.

It is easier than ever to become a regular donor or make a one-off donation at any time to support the continued work performs throughout the year.

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GENEROUS HAUL: Mount Gambier Marketplace marketing executive Paula Creasey, Woolworths Mount Gambier Marketplace store manager Tony Bueti, Big W customer service assistant Melanie Riley, marketing and communications manager Jason Wallace and homelessness client support worker Mellany Ritter with donated presents from shoppers.