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Christmas cheer shared

HUNDREDS of families had a brighter Christmas thanks to the generosity of the Kalamunda community which banded together to individually pack and deliver hampers to locals in need over the festive season.

Volunteer Barbara Brown said the Sharing a Hills Christmas initiative began in the 1990s and involved many residents and organisations.

“In the week before Christmas, a team of volunteers from local churches and community groups gathered at the Kalamunda Church of Christ to sort and pack food and gifts into hampers for those families doing it tough, particularly at this time of the year,” she said.

“The food and gifts are donated by churches, schools, local shops and business outlets and hundreds of volunteers are involved in sorting, packing and delivering, a massive but well organised operation.”

Mrs Brown said families that received hampers were referred to the organising committee by school chaplains, churches and community agencies such as the Foothills Information and Referral Service and hampers were packed to suit the individual families with a gift for every member of that family.

“Christmas 2015 saw an increase in the number of people needing help and the 315 hampers distributed made Christmas brighter for 1,089 adults and children living in the Kalamunda shire,” she said.

“In addition to the hampers, 130 gift bags were prepared and delivered to local nursing homes.”

“The organising committee give their heartfelt thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who sort, pack and deliver and to those who are so generous with their donations of items for the hampers.

“Continued support will ensure that Sharing A Hills Christmas will bring Christmas cheer to those in need for many years to come.”

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