Wests & Big Yellow Umbrella launch the 2021 Giving Tree to benefit families in need
Wests Group Macarthur has once again partnered with local charity Big Yellow Umbrella in support of families in need over Christmas, with the 2021 Giving Tree Appeal running until Wednesday 8th December.
Wests Group and Big Yellow Umbrella are encouraging the community to donate new, and unwrapped Christmas gifts for children of all ages underneath the Giving Trees, set up across all Wests Group Macarthur venues, including Wests League Club Leumeah, Country Club Gledswood Hills, Lakeside Golf Club Camden as well as other locations including Narellan Town Centre, Storage Kings, NAB Macarthur branches and Macarthur Square.
Big Yellow Umbrella works across the Macarthur region through expressions of interest to ensure the Giving Tree initiative delivers directly to families connected to community services in the lead up to Christmas. These services include but are not limited to the Tharawal Brighter Futures program, DJC Campbelltown (formally FACS), Wollondilly Children’s Services, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, Benevolent Society and Healing House. Through last year’s program, gifts were also extended to the local police command for delivery to families noted as needing additional support and a sprinkling of joy.
All Wests Giving Trees will feature prelabelled gift tags by age, stage and gender that can be taken off the tree to purchase gifts or attached to a donated gift bought into the venues. Gifts for adults including Mums and Dads are also welcome as well as items that can help toward creating a lovely Christmas Day experience including tableware and decorations. With consideration of the tough year felt by many, a suggested gift limit of $20 applies.
Kim Landouw from Big Yellow Umbrella shares; “This year at Big Yellow Umbrella we have seen a significant increase in need for food hampers and service provision and can estimate the need for gifts will be at an all-time high due to the impacts of Covid-19. After another year of so many challenges, isolation, and emotional and financial stress, we expect the Christmas period will possibly be one of the hardest times some families have ever faced. This is an important initiative to put smiles on the faces of those who really need it”.”
Following gift collection period, Wests invite community volunteers to join them for the Giving Tree Gift Wrapping Day, taking place at Wests League Club Campbelltown on 10th December and whereby all donated gifts will be packaged up and presented to Big Yellow Umbrella for distribution in time for Christmas Day.
On partnering with Big Yellow Umbrella in 2021, Wests Group Chairman Alan Buxton comments
“It is an honour to once again partner with Big Yellow Umbrella Giving Tree to deliver joy to those that need it most, especially after the most challenging of years. Through the generous donation of gifts, we can offer disadvantaged families and children in Macarthur the chance the experience excitement and joy of Christmas. We appreciate our wonderful members and the wider community who no doubt will get involved and contribute to the Giving Tree in any way they possibly can.”
The partnership compliments Wests Group Macarthur corporate vision to work with and “For Macarthur” to improve and empower the community with social support, education, and donations to ensure the needs of individuals and families of Macarthur are met.
The initiative delivered over 500 presents to some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged families in the region and we hope to achieve similar in 2021.