CatholicCare Wollongong has launched its annual Christmas Appeal to connect the community through the gift of giving and goodwill.
"This year, COVID has had a massive financial, emotional and social impact on everyone, particularly vulnerable people in our community," director Michael Austin said.
"Remaining connected and helping those in need has never been more crucial."
People can help the Gift of Hope appeal by donating gifts for those doing it tough.
"Our staff and volunteers collect the names of people in our community who would benefit from receiving a gift of hope at Christmas time," Mr Austin said.
"Your generous donation can help children in foster care, people with a disability, socially isolated seniors, families in need, kids who have sibling with a disability and youth in Juvenile Justice."
CatholicCare Wollongong has this year teamed up with Daniel Norris, director at Ray White Dapto & Horsley, who is also a valued foster carer for CatholicCare.
"We've been foster carers for nine years and this experience has changed our lives forever," Mr Norris said.
"We believe in giving to those less fortunate than ourselves.
"We ask that the gifts not to be wrapped, so we can allocate the appropriate present to the right person."
Presents can be donated during business hours (9am to 5pm) Monday to Fridays until December 15 at Ray White Dapto & Horsley, 15 Princess Hwy, Dapto.
People can also visit catholiccare.dow.org.au website and select the 'donate' tab. They can select from a range of gift vouchers and include a personal message of hope for the recipient.
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