Christmas brings great joy to many of us, but for others it can be a time of heightened stress, sadness and loneliness. So Frankston City Council and Frankston Life Community are encouraging residents to support the less fortunate by buying a gift to put under the Christmas Giving Tree. Unwrapped gifts valued up to $20 and suitable for children up to 16 can be left under the tree at Frankston Library in Playne St until Monday, December 21. The presents will then be distributed to the needy in our community at the Frankston Life Community Christmas lunch.
Mayor Kris Bolam said the initiative would hopefully bring some cheer and ease the burden on those who may be struggling. “Christmas can be a difficult time for those who are doing it tough or who spend Christmas Day on their own,” Cr Bolam said. “Extending your gift-giving and celebrations to those less fortunate is an awesome feeling, and in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, more people than ever need our support.”
More than 150 volunteers will roll up their sleeves to help out at the Christmas lunch, which is expected to be enjoyed by about 400 people and will this year be held in Frankston Park in line with COVID-safe practices.
Frankston Life Community CEO Mark Whitby said Christmas was an important time of the year to think about those less fortunate in our community. “For many in our community, Christmas isn’t a happy time,” Pastor Whitby said. “The joy of giving, the joy of receiving, and especially the joy of sharing is what being part of a community is all about.”
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