Community gives back this holiday period
SANTA has paid an early visit to the volunteers at St Vincent de Paul's, dropping off a number of items to be used in Christmas hampers.
Kylie Burton Beckett started collecting items including toys and food for her reverse advent calendar in October, finally delivering them to her chosen charity, St Vincent de Paul's on Monday morning.
Mrs Burton-Beckett decided to do the reverse advent calendar project as a way to give back and said it was a great feeling to be able to help people.
"You don't realise that in your town there is a lot of people that are in hard times,” she said.
"I'd do it again ... maybe next year I could do a different charity.”
Help was received from around town, with many people making donations.
"I had a lot of kind donations... they left them at the school or brought them to my house,” she said.
"I'd just like to thank the community that did donate to my advent calendar and I hope they all have a merry Christmas.”
St Vincent De Paul's volunteers Carmel Mahoney and Nancy Richardson said they were very thankful for Mrs Burton Beckett's donations.
"We're doing 40 hampers and it has helped us immensely to top up all our baskets with the goods that have been donated,” Mrs Mahoney said.
"Kylie's toys will help those with children.”
The volunteers also thanked the townspeople and students and staff at St Joseph's School for their help and donations.