Christmas is a time for family, friends and giving. But for many, the Christmas season can be a difficult time. Some families, individuals and young people struggle to make ends meet. Each year, the BCS Giving Tree distributes up to 200 hampers to households in the Belconnen region. The BCS Giving Tree is now accepting donations for 2017 at Belconnen Community Centre.
In early December, BCS employees and volunteers will gather to sort through the hundreds of donations received as part of the Giving Tree program. Dira, BCS CEO says “I love seeing the gifts coming in from our generous community. It’s so exciting and our giving tree is full of surprises every year.”
BCS accepts gifts suitable for people of all ages and from all walks of life. The donated gifts are assembled into hampers, which are given to the individuals and families who have been nominated to receive a hamper.
BCS Family Support Coordinator, Yolanda, says: “I’ve been involved with distributing our hampers for the last five years. I know that a lot of the families that we share these gifts with are extremely thankful. They really appreciate that fact the people have the time to make these generous donations. Seeing the look of surprise on their faces when they receive these hampers – they know they’re getting a hamper, but they don’t know what will be in it or how big it will be. Sometimes people just burst into tears because they’ve had a rough year and Christmas can be a really tough time – to have something nice happen just means so much.”
BCS Youth Services Coordinator, Dan, says: “People often think of babies and little kids, but young people still love giving and receiving gifts. It can be a little bit harder choose what to buy as a present for a young person, but those gifts are really appreciated. It’s really cool to be able to make hampers for young people that we know and care about, and see how much they appreciated the personal touches – sometimes they don’t realise how much we learn about them and their interests throughout the year. Last year we also had some of the young people who visit the Youth Centre helping us to pack the hampers, which was a really fun afternoon. It was a great chance for young people who come to the youth centre to think about others and give back to their community.”
The Giving Tree is made possible by generous donations from our community and the support of our longstanding partner, Radford College. You can make Christmas a little brighter for someone by giving generously to the BCS Christmas Giving Tree. Gifts are accepted at Belconnen Community Centre until Friday December 1. Monetary donations are accepted throughout the year. Contact BCS on 02 6264 0200 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how to get involved with the Giving Tree.
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