Call to support homeless youth this Christmas

Tough time: The Christmas period can be really difficult at the best of times, but for youth who are going through a tough time it can feel even harder, mayor Kevin Greene said.
Tough time: The Christmas period can be really difficult at the best of times, but for youth who are going through a tough time it can feel even harder, mayor Kevin Greene said.

Georges River Council has called on the community to support local homeless youth this Christmas.

As part of the council’s Christmas activities this year, the community is being encouraged to donate to Project Give, with items donated going to St George Accommodation for Youth, a service which assists young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at-risk and often have complex needs.

The collection drive is being undertaken in the Georges River area until December 10.

Georges River Council mayor, Kevin Greene said Project Give is seeking donations of long-life or non-perishable items to help young people who are currently being assisted by St George Accommodation for Youth.

“The Christmas period can be really difficult at the best of times, but for youth who are going through a tough time it can feel even harder,” Councillor Greene said.

“We’re encouraging community members to give generously and help make Christmas a bit more comfortable and enjoyable for people who currently need a bit of additional assistance.

“If you would like to donate items, you can drop them off at one of our collection points which include all Georges River Council Libraries and our two Service Centres at Hurstville and Kogarah,” he said.

Suitable items for donation include:

• Cereal, long-life milk, spreads

• Tinned fruit and vegetables

• Tinned and packet soup

• Pasta, noodles, rice and flavouring sauces

• Tampons and pads

• Soap, deodorant and toothpaste and blankets (blankets must be washed and in good condition)

Drop-off locations are:

Hurstville Library and Service Centre, corner of Queens Road and Dora Street, Hurstville, and  Kogarah Library and Service Centre, Kogarah Town Square, Belgrave Street, Kogarah, Monday - Friday: 8.30am - 7pm, Saturday 10.00am - 4pm, Sunday 10am - 1pm.

Georges River Civic Centre, corner MacMahon and Dora Streets, Hurstville, Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5pm.

Oatley Library, 26 Letitia Street, Oatley, Monday  to Friday 10am - 6pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm.

Penshurst Library, 630 Forest Road, Penshurst, Monday - Tuesday: 9.30am - 6pm, Wednesday 9.30am - 9pm, Thursday - Friday 9.30am - 6pm, Saturday 9.30am - 4pm, Sunday 2pm - 5pm.

South Hurstville Library, corner of Short and Allen Streets, South Hurstville, Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm.