Anglicare Victoria spreading the joy

Spreading the joy: Anglicare Acting Co-ordinator Phil Beswick (left), pictured with presents and Caring Dad's Facilitator Dean Lawrence (middle) and The Express' Features Manager Lesley Hogan (right). photo contributed


CHRISTMAS is the time for giving and with that The Express partnered with Anglicare Victoria to spread Christmas joy to those in need.

On Wednesday, December 14, Anglicare Victoria in Gippsland collected the donated goods from The Latrobe Valley Express Giving Tree, to give them out to the less fortunate.

Anglicare Victoria Acting Regional Manager Susan Hughes said the partnership between the two is so rewarding.

“I just want to say a great, big thank-you to The Express for partnering with (Anglicare Victoria), it’s a wonderful relationship,” Ms Hughes said.

“The thanks and smiles and the gratitude is just heart-warming.

“The people who are accepting these gifts are truly, truly grateful.”

Anglicare Victoria will distribute the gifts throughout the community during the Christmas period, so that families are able to celebrate a fulfilled Christmas.

“Those donations are distributed through Morwell, Traralgon and surrounding areas for community members in need,” Ms Hughes continued.

“Obviously, probably most people know we have quite a lot of the community in need with support for Christmas for their children.

“It’s helped us provide the gifts we need to for people in need. It’s helped put some smiles on some children’s faces.

For several years now the Latrobe Valley Express Giving Tree has helped many in need over the Christmas period, and hope to continue to do so in the future.

“The Express and the community involved – we can’t thank you enough, because everyone’s doing it tough, but we’ve still got people out there who are obviously willing to give to those in need,” Ms Hughes said.

Anglicare Victoria truly expresses is gratitude to The Express and the wider community for their support.