Help out with hampers

Laverton Community Hub volunteers, Lynne Naumovski, Lorraine McCarthy and Sophie Kocev. Jacob Pattison)373807_02

Hobsons Bay residents are being called on to help share the joy of Christmas and help those in need these coming holidays.

Hobsons Bay council has partnered with Laverton Community Integrated Services (LCIS) and the Hobsons Bay Crisis and Emergency Relief Committee to provide Christmas hampers for those that are most in need.

Each year local not-for-profit organisations help hundreds of individuals and families in need in the Hobsons Bay community and this year more people are needing a helping hand than ever before.

The council is calling for donations with all non-perishable donations are welcome, but at this time the council is encouraging special donations to bring joy on Christmas.

These can include Christmas puddings, mini panettone, Christmas bon bons, pancake mix, relishes-jams-nut butters, sweet or savoury snacks, pasta and pasta sauces, instant noodles-soups, long life milks, teas and coffee, tinned fruit-beans-tuna-salmon, drinks which are non-alcoholic and toiletries.

Hobsons Bay mayor Matt Tyler said Christmas is a special time, but it can be really challenging for many people.

“Particularly at the moment when so many are doing it tough financially,” he said.

“We have an incredibly generous community, and contributing to these hampers is a great way of bringing a little joy and hope to those in need.

“As the committed staff at LCIS well know, even a little can go a long way, so if you can, I encourage people to think about contributing to this appeal.”

The Hobsons Bay Crisis and Emergency Relief Committee is comprised of local organisations and service providers who assist those in need in the Hobsons Bay community.

Donations will be collected until December 8.

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