Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser invites the Lake Macquarie community to share the joy of Christmas with those less fortunate by donating to the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal for 2019.

Cr Fraser launched the appeal with Speers Point Public School students, who marked the occasion by singing Christmas carols.

The Mayor’s Christmas Appeal is conducted in conjunction with the Samaritans. In addition to toys, it has been extended to include non-perishable food, Christmas items, essential household goods and gifts for adults.

Mayor Kay Fraser with Speers Point Public School students at the appeal launch

“We had a beautiful performance from the Speers Point Public School choir to help launch the appeal for this year. These gifts and donations will relieve some of the pressure on families and individuals who are facing hardship or financial challenges, and allow them to enjoy Christmas,” Cr Fraser said.

“This year, we’re also supporting drought-impacted communities through the ‘We LIVE Here’ investment card and ‘Our Shout this Christmas’ programs. An initiative of the Upper Hunter and Muswellbrook shire councils, who have partnered with Upper Hunter Community Services (UHCS), to ensure that 500 drought impacted families are supported this Christmas through the ‘We LIVE Here’ investment card.

The Our Shout this Christmas initiative aims to raise $500,000 from donations to allow 500 drought-impacted households to each receive a $1000 ‘We LIVE Here’ card to spend over the Christmas period. For more information and to donate to the Our Shout this Christmas campaign visit ourshoutthischristmas.org.au.

“It is important for us to look beyond our own circle, especially at this time of year, and think about how we can help others in our community and spread the goodwill of the season,” Cr Fraser said.

“I encourage all our Lake Mac residents to get involved in any way they can.”

The Mayor’s Christmas Appeal will continue until Monday 16 December. Unwrapped gifts and other donated items can be left under the Christmas tree at Council’s Administrative Centre in Speers Point or at any of the Lake Mac Libraries.

The Samaritans also welcome cash donations, which can be made online at: samaritans.org.au

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