Christmas joy for those in need thanks to Sans Souci church

Christmas joy for those in need thanks to Sans Souci Church

Big effort: Lynette Baldock (left) and Shanette Dalgleish, co-ordinators of St Andrew's San Souci's Toys 'n Tucker Hamper drive.

Big effort: Lynette Baldock (left) and Shanette Dalgleish, co-ordinators of St Andrew's San Souci's Toys 'n Tucker Hamper drive.

Thanks to volunteers at St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Sans Souci, families who have struggled all year will have food on the table and toys under the tree this Christmas.

Participating in Anglicare’s Toys ‘n’ Tucker campaign, members of St Andrew’s are collecting Christmas food and new toys throughout November and December to be packed into special Christmas hampers for families across Sydney and the Illawarra.

‘’For Sans Souci Anglican Church Toys 'n' Tucker is a way of sharing with the less fortunate in their community.

“Toys ‘n’ Tucker is one way our church can be involved in community outreach to help people in need especially at Christmas,” said Lynette Baldock, organiser of the hamper drive at Sans Souci Anglican.

“We have been involved for many years in supporting Toys 'n' Tucker, but for the last five years we have been going out to the Sans Souci community to support the Christmas hamper campaign.

“Our whole church congregation is involved for a week in November. We donate goods and collect donations at a collection point we’ve set up at Sans Souci Central shopping centre.

“We would like to thank the manager of Sans Souci Central for promoting and assisting us with the Toys 'n' Tucker appeal and the generosity of the Sans Souci community.”

In 2015, about 100 tons of food and toys were donated enabling Anglicare to pack and deliver over 5000 hampers to people in need.

Anglicare also partners with churches, like San Souci Anglican, and local services to deliver hampers to families in need in the area.

“We see people in desperate need throughout the year and that Christmas meal or presents many of us take for granted are luxuries they can ill afford,” Anglicare chief executive officer Grant Millard said.

“Far from a time of joy, Christmas can be a time of stress, worry and quite often hunger for families who turn to us for help.

“Participating in Toys ‘n’ Tucker is a practical way people can help someone in need during this time and encourage them to keep going for another year,” he said.

To contribute financially so that families can purchase the fresh food they need during Christmas call Anglicare on 13 26 22 or visit www.anglicare.org

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