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At Growing Early Minds, we love being part of the local community. So when we decided to run another Christmas hamper drive at the end of 2019, our team were super-keen to be involved.
Cindy Price, our Senior Operations Manager, explains that many families we work with face challenges every day. Many have experienced serious illness, significant disability and trauma that has led to physical, financial and emotional stress.
The added pressure on time, energy and finances at Christmas can strain some families almost to breaking point.
Giving back to our community
“Doing the hamper drive is a small thing that we can do to give back to the community,” Cindy says. “The whole team really enjoys working alongside other community partners to make Christmas a little less difficult and a lot happier for local families experiencing hardship.
“We know that the families get so much joy from receiving the toys and hampers, but I think we get even more of a thrill from being part of something that helps our community to celebrate the spirit of Christmas.”
We delivered 35 food hampers to local families, plus gifts for the children. Hampers consisted of non-perishable food items and Christmas treats packed into handy laundry baskets, wrapped by our staff and volunteers.
We were only able to do this thanks to the generosity of our donors, particularly Access Industries who supplied most of the donations.
Special thanks to our generous donors
Access Industries is an Australian-owned, not-for-profit organisation employing people with disability, and it’s their staff who personally donate to the drive.
“Our employees truly love to offer support and donations to other charities such as Growing Early Minds,” says Craig Coleman, their Sydney Operations Manager. “All of them have been very generous and, as some of our employees do at times find it tough themselves, it is a remarkable display of generosity.”
Access Industries employ almost 250 people with disability across their five New South Wales sites, Craig explains. “I know our team feel good in donating and take enormous pride in knowing that the kids of Growing Early Minds really appreciate their gifts.”
2019 marks the third year Growing Early Minds has run the Christmas Hamper Drive initiative to help our most vulnerable local families.
The huge smiles of families receiving gifts and hampers remind us of why we enjoy being part of our wonderful community.
Our donors this year were:
- Access Industries
- Bunnings Warehouse Blacktown
- Children First Blacktown Road
- Donut King Seven Hills
- Gloria Jeans
- Growing Potential Staff
- Growing Early Minds Families
- Holey Moley Golf Club
- Two Birds Café Prospect
About Growing Early Minds
For more than 25 years, Growing Early Minds have been providing early intervention and disability support services to children and young people aged 0-16 years in communities across North West and Western Sydney. We give families access and support from experienced allied health professionals that follow best-practice, evidence-based methods.