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Sorting out Christmas

THE Kalamunda community has once again banded together to individually pack and deliver parcels to hundreds of locals in need this festive season. Sharing a Hills Christmas coordinator Peggy Mews said for some families the hampers were all they had to mark the day. “A large number of local shops, businesses, schools and churches in the Kalamunda shire were involved in providing foods and gifts for the Christmas food parcels that were distributed to needy local families for Christmas last year,” she said. “Around 270 parcels and 140 smaller bags to nursing homes were delivered last year impacting on approximately 1,000 people in the Kalamunda shire and we are sure these made a huge impact on many who received these gifts.” Mrs Mews said referral letters were received from schools, chaplains, churches and community agencies who gave the names and ages of all the people in a household that had been identified as in need during the Christmas season. “Food hampers are made up according to the number of people and each person receives a gift. In some cases this is the only gift children get at Christmas. “This year we are making up a 191 smaller hampers for residents in nursing homes who often do not have anyone visiting them, especially over the Christmas period. “This initiative is run entirely by volunteers who start in September sending out letters, collecting food, gifts and toys, sorting, packing and delivering. Approximately 14 schools, 12 churches and many local businesses and community groups are involved.”

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