Local business employees give generously at Christmas
Each year we at United Way Ballarat and The Ballarat Foundation approach the agencies we support and ask what they would like to be able to give to the people they work with at Christmas if they could.
Armed with this information, we then contact the people and businesses who support us and ask them to make some of these wishes come true.
The generosity of people across our city is wonderful, and we know that we only see the tip of the iceberg with the gifts we arrange, but it is such a rewarding time of year when we can facilitate this sort of generosity.
The Good Guys donated packs of microwaves kettles and toasters to Salvo Connect Western for families who come to the emergency accommodation with just the clothes on their backs the items can then be taken with them when they find more permanent housing.
Telstra and McCallum Disability Services worked together to match a McCallum client with a Telstra employee who bought a very specific gift for their match. A special morning tea was held where the gifts could be given to the clients personally. See The Courier’s story about this wonderful collaboration here.
Advanced Cabinetry staff, suppliers and customers collected toiletries for Anglicare. Following on from a successful drive in 2015; the response to providing something as basic as toiletries was again amazing.
Staff from both UFS Dispensaries and The City of Ballarat bought gifts for clients of Pinarc Disability Support and BADAC.
The City of Ballarat staff also bought gifts for clients of BADAC.
UnitingCare has a very large demand for Christmas gifts each year and this year received presents from the staff of Sovereign Hill, TRG Accountants Ballarat and Haymes Paint.
Bendix (FMP Group) employees bought gifts to support Anglicare.
Oliver Footwear donated approximately 200 workbooks to Ballarat Group Training for distribution to apprentices.
A generous donation of three boxes of new children’s books was distributed through the Wendouree Salvation Army Op-shop.
The staff from Mars Chocolates raised $2260. This money is being used for the Back to school voucher programme.
A significant donation was also made through The Janine Owen Sub-fund of The Ballarat Foundation that allowed us to provide twenty $50 gift cards for Ballarat Centre Against Sexual Assault clients, twenty $50 Back to School Vouchers for distribution throughout our region’s schools and twenty $50 vouchers for Pinarc families in need of a hand at this time of year.
We also delivered toys to Anglicare collected at our annual Christmas event.
On behalf of the clients receiving gifts this Christmas, we want to thank everyone who donated. Thank you for making our job so exciting and thank you for giving of yourselves to make the lives of others that bit more pleasant this Christmas.