THE Bendigo Weekly and Haven are joining forces to make Christmas extra special this year.
From today, Bendigo locals can donate to the Haven Sent appeal.
Like the Weekly’s successful Army of Angels campaign, locals are urged to donate new presents or non-perishable food to the Weekly offices at 172 McIvor
Road, until December 19. The gifts will be passed onto Haven, who will distribute them to clients who are struggling to make Christmas special.
Weekly editor Anthony Radford said the Bendigo community is the best in the world when it comes to helping those in need.
“This is about helping Bendigo families have a special Christmas, and put a smile on the faces of hundreds of children,” he said.
Haven acting chief executive officer Paul Somerville said there was little doubt the presents would make a big difference.
“We have clients who struggle to make ends meet most days of the week, so Christmas, with all the extra bills and expectations, can be a tough time,” he said.
“It is important they can celebrate Christmas, and for only a small impost, local Bendigonians can show their true
community spirit and create some festive cheer.”
The Haven Sent campaign adds to the toy donation the Strathfieldsaye Primary School has been doing for 14 years, and will continue to do so.
Donations can be made at the Weekly offices and at Haven in Forest Street. All presents must be unwrapped.