A community Christmas ‘Giving Tree’ for young people in need

The Giving Tree at Springwood Library

The Giving Tree at Springwood Library

It’s that time of year again, when family and friends start preparing for their annual gathering to celebrate Christmas. However, not all young people are so fortunate. This year, the Blue Mountains Youth Council is looking out for the local young people by having a Community Christmas ‘Giving Tree’.

In an open invitation to the community, Youth Councillor Brodie Wylde said: “On behalf of my fellow Youth Councillors I invite you to share the Christmas spirit with the young people of the Blue Mountains who are in need of support. Please help us do that by contributing to our Community Christmas ‘Giving Tree’.”

A decorated Christmas tree placed in Springwood Library is the focus for the Community Christmas ‘Giving Tree’ project.

The Community Christmas ‘Giving Tree’ Launch will take place this Saturday, 28 November 2015, 12 noon – 1:00 pm at Springwood Library, 104 Macquarie Road, Springwood

“We hope you can join us to launch the ‘Giving Tree’ project, hear special guests, enjoy some entertainment and refreshments, and meet the Blue Mountains Youth Councillors,” Brodie continues. “We believe this would be a great example of the caring, united community we have here in the Blue Mountains.”

Residents, local businesses and organisations are invited to donate a gift. In exchange, a decoration with their name and/or logo will be hung on the ‘Giving Tree’. All donations will go to Platform Youth Services, an organisation that supports young people aged 12-25 in the Blue Mountains, Penrith and Hawkesbury areas, to distribute gifts to vulnerable young people.

Teenager-friendly Christmas gifts include music items such as iTunes vouchers or headphones; movie ticket vouchers; accessories such as hair clips, purses and trinkets; or clothes such as socks or t-shirts.

The Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, will help launch the ‘Giving Tree’ project, saying, “The Youth Council ‘Giving Tree’ is a good reminder to help those people for whom Christmas is a difficult time. I have seen our generous and caring community in action and I encourage you to help young people in need to have a happier Christmas.”

For further information, please contact Anita Kazis, Council’s Youth Services Development Officer on  4780 5680 or  akazis@bmcc.nsw.gov.au.

To find out more about the Blue Mountains Youth Council, simply like them on Facebook or visit here.

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