It’s Christmas time and that’s an opportunity for people to enjoy the gift of giving.
Sadly, Christmas isn’t a time for celebration for everyone. Many people in our community are struggling but there is a way local residents can make the holiday season a bit brighter for those in need.
Portland District Health is today erecting its annual Christmas tree and encouraging the local community to make donations.
The annual Christmas gift appeal is one of the major community initiatives to help people during the festive period.
Over the past nine years, more than 2100 presents have been donated, and PDH interim CEO Karena Prevett hopes the community will again dig deep to help out.
“We know that it has been a tough year for many local people as we have emerged from lockdowns and the impacts of the pandemic,” Ms Prevett said.
“The annual gift drive is a way for people to give a little cheer to others and provide a present that will really brighten up Christmas day,” she said.
Presents can be left in a tub between the glass doors at main entrance between 8-4pm, or under the Christmas tree near the lift.
While most of the presents are usually for children, Ms Prevett said gifts could also be left for people of all ages. “Everyone deserves something under their tree at Christmas. We want to make sure everyone receives a nice gift this Christmas,” she said.
The donated gifts will be distributed through the Portland Salvation Army branch to the local community.
Gifts can be purchased or handmade.