Bring a smile to those disadvantaged this Christmas
  • Saturday 23 November 2013

Bring a gift or make a coin donation at Sunshine Coast Council’s Carols at Cotton Tree on 7 December and help make Christmas brighter for local disadvantaged families and individuals.

Division 8 Councillor Jason OPray said Christmas is a special time but sadly some people living in financial disadvantage on the Coast will not receive a gift this year.

“Council is hoping to change this by partnering with Maroochydore Salvation Army to help those in need to have a happy Christmas by providing hampers and toys,” he said.

“This year, Carols at Cotton Tree will be a collection point for the community to bring donated toys or gifts and place them under the big tree or alternatively people can make a coin donation.

“While gifts for all ages are welcome, of particular need are those for children aged 10 to 16 years of age. Gift ideas include indoor and outdoor games, watches, make-up kits, jewellery, beach towels, bags, caps, wallets and books.

“New gifts for adults who may be alone at Christmas, single parents and carers are also welcome. The Salvation Army also prefer gifts to be left unwrapped and are happy to receive donations of wrapping paper.

“I would like to commend the Salvation Army for the amazing job they do helping several hundred disadvantaged local people on the Coast have a joyful Christmas through their annual Christmas Appeal.

“So this is your opportunity to make a difference and bring a smile to those in need this Christmas.”

Those community members who need assistance this Festive Season can call 5443 5998 Monday to Wednesday and Friday 10am to 1pm to speak to one of the Salvation Army team. There are four Salvation Army centres across the Sunshine Coast.

Carols at Cotton Tree and other events held across the region are listed in council’s Sunshine Coast Festive Season Program 2013/14, making it easy for residents and visitors to begin planning their personal festive season calendars.

Make sure you head to council’s website for more information on Carols at Cotton Tree or to obtain your free Sunshine Coast Festive Season Program 2013/14.

Sunshine Coast Council gratefully acknowledges the Carols at Cotton Tree supporters - Sunshine Coast Daily, 7 Local News, Energex, Hot 91 FM, Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital, Coca-Cola, Maroochy RSL, JJ Richards, Evolution, Unity Water, Goodlife Health Club Maroochydore, Claytons Towing Service and the Salvation Army.