Christmas is fast approaching and most young people are looking forward to the celebrations. However, not everyone is so fortunate. To help improve this situation, the Blue Mountains Youth Council is running the Community Christmas ‘Giving Tree’ again.
Blue Mountains Youth Councillor Delilah Scott said, “The Community Christmas ‘Giving Tree’ empowers our community to come together and give to those in need.”
“Everyone needs support at times,” added Youth Councillor Benjamin McGrory, “and we hope you can help by donating gifts to help lift the spirits of young people doing it tough.”
The Community Christmas ‘Giving Tree’ is located in Springwood Library. Residents, local businesses and organisations are invited to donate a gift by Friday 16 December. Those who donate may also like to add their names to a gift tag, which will be used to decorate the tree. Donations can also be delivered to Council’s headquarters in Katoomba.
All donations received will go to the Platform Youth Services organisation, who support young people between the ages of 12-25, and will distribute the gifts to vulnerable young people, in the Blue Mountains, Penrith and Hawkesbury areas.
Teenager-friendly Christmas gifts include music items such as iTunes vouchers or headphones; movie ticket vouchers; accessories like hair clips; or clothes such as t-shirts.
Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, said, “The Blue Mountains Youth Council’s ‘Giving Tree’ is a good reminder about the true spirit of Christmas. Ours is a generous and caring community 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit www.facebook.com/bluemountainsyouthcouncil or www.bluemountainshaveyoursay.com.au/youthcouncil
This year Springwood Library will also act as a donation point for monetary donations to the Springwood Neighbourhood Centre’s Emergency Food Fund when the Centre, located on the ground floor of the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub is closed.
Monetary donations should be in a sealed envelope.