A little Ray of giving to needy

By Seymour Telegraph

Christmas is a time of giving, and once again residents are being called upon to donate a gift to bring a smile to disadvantaged people in the community on Christmas morning.

St Vincent de Paul Seymour Conference and Ray White are teaming up for ‘A little Ray of giving’, and are calling on the community to embrace the giving season and dig deep for children who need it most.

By bringing in a wrapped gift for those families who are less fortunate, you will help put a smile on the face of someone who may need some extra cheer at this time of year.

‘‘All you need to do is wrap up your present and drop it under the tree in our office,’’ Ray White Seymour’s Jo Clark said.

‘‘Those who wish to donate a gift just need to inform the Ray White team if the gift is for a male or female, and nominate an age group.’’

Ray White Seymour (10 Wallis St) has a special giving tree in their front office and are collecting gifts now.

St Vincent de Paul Seymour Conference’s Paul Fleming said they were pleased to be in association with Ray White again this year.

‘‘We will be distributing the presents from December 11, so we really want to encourage local residents that are able to take in a gift to Ray White so we can distribute to a family in need,’’ he said.

‘‘The toys and hampers that families receive are greatly appreciated at Christmas time, which is often one of the hardest times for our clients.

‘‘Thanks to Jo Clark, Michael O’Sullivan and the whole Ray White team for helping to make this happen.’’

The Seymour branch of St Vincent de Paul assisted 300 local families this year, including 79 new families.

Mr Fleming said that assistance ranged from food aid, vouchers for fresh food at the local IGA supermarket, as well as their Christmas aid, and totalled just under $30000.

‘‘The Conference assistance centre is a listening ear for those in need,’’ Mr Fleming said.

‘‘We are also a conduit to a range of social services including power and telephone rebates, and referrals to Beyond Housing.

‘‘Sometimes people come in and they are three or four days short of their Centrelink payment and they have no food in the house, so we’re able to help them out with some staples like bread and pasta, and we have vouchers for the IGA supermarket for them to buy fresh vegies.’’

St Vincent de Paul Seymour Conference is located at 76B Anzac Ave, and is open Monday to Wednesday, 9.30am to 1pm. The centre will close on December 19 until the new year.