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Gifts donated by Cootes Family Lawyers 
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A few of the packing team, with the parcels ready for posting
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The large pile of packages ready for their journey to homes across the state

 

Hundreds of children set to experience Christmas joy 

19 December 2017

Christmas can be a very challenging time for the families supported by FVPLS Victoria, for many different reasons. One of these reasons includes financial pressures, making it tough for parents to provide presents for their children on Christmas morning. Each year FVPLS Victoria hosts a Christmas Gift Giving Tree where donations are sourced from our loyal supporter base and gifted to the families we work with.

“FVPLS Victoria’s Christmas Gift Giving Tree is a small gesture which can make a big difference for the families we work with.  It is a reminder for those who are experiencing a difficult time that they are not alone, that we are here,” said FVPLS Victoria CEO Antoinette Braybrook,

Presents donated to the Giving Tree included children’s toys, books, clothing and sports equipment. These gifts were provided by a range of supporters including:

  • Cootes Family Lawyers
  • Court Services Victoria
  • It’s in the Bag by Share the Dignity
  • St Kilda Mums
  • BlueStar Print

Members of the community and FVPLS Victoria staff also contributed to the Giving Tree. Supermarket vouchers and online donations through FVPLS Victoria’s GiveNow fundraising page, were also popular ways for supporters to contribute, helping to fund additional gifts.  

For two days, FVPLS Victoria’s head office in Abbotsford resembled a mass production line with staff working solidly in the Koori Women’s Place, packing the presents ready for distribution across the entire state.

“With thanks to our many supporters, we were able to provide gifts to 223 children. Imagine the joy this will bring to the many families we work with. We were also able to provide a gift for our clients with thanks to It’s in the Bag by Share the Dignity,” said Ms Braybrook.

The gifts will be received by families in the coming days, with packages sent across the entire state including Lakes Entrance, Traralgon, Mildura, Sale, and Portland to name just a few.