MORE than 1000 people in the Shire of Kalamunda had a brighter festive season thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers working tirelessly to sort and pack donated gifts.
Sharing a Hills Christmas program coordinator Peggy Mews said it was amazing what a community working together could achieve.
“In the week before Christmas a team of volunteers gathered at the Kalamunda Church of Christ to sort and pack the food and gifts donated by residents living in the Kalamunda shire,” she said.
“The food and gifts were donated by school children, church congregations, local business people and individual members of the community.
“Once the packing was completed and the boxes numbered, vehicles began arriving to load the items that would give some Christmas cheer to the many families that had been referred.”
Ms Mews said the Sharing a Hills Christmas program distributed 344 and gift hampers, 197 gift bags for residents of local nursing homes, gift bags for patients in Kalamunda Hospital and a very special basket for the staff at the Kalamunda Hospital staff.
“A total of 1271 people received help and each person received a gift,” she said.
“To all those schools, churches, business proprietors and members of the community who made this programme possible, members of the organising committee thank you for your support.”