West Gippsland families in need visit Christmas Shop

It was beginning to look at lot like Christmas at Allied and Community Health as the annual Christmas Shop ran again for the fifth year to support local families at this festive time.

The Christmas Shop runs each year thanks to a generous annual grant from The Andrews Foundation.

Staff and volunteers transformed the Pettit Centre at West Gippsland Healthcare Group’s Gladstone Street community health centre into a Christmas spectacular stocked with gifts for all ages.

Staff at West Gippsland Healthcare Group could invite families to visit the shop to choose a Christmas gift for their child.

The Christmas shop was also opened up for our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community for a community day on Friday 1 December.

West Gippsland Healthcare Group Director of Allied and Community Health Audra Fenton said 71 families visited the Christmas Shop this year, picking gifts for 175 children.

“We couldn’t run this initiative without help from The Andrews Foundation so we say a thank you for their ongoing support,” she said.

“To help families in need at this time of year is really why we do what we do and is a way we can spread some Christmas cheer to those who may be doing it tough.”

The Christmas gifts were purchased from Toyworld, Priceline Pharmacy and Kmart who kindly support the program each year.

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