At Christmas time, many families cannot provide toys for their children and Doncare works closely and in partnership with many community groups to help clients to have a happy Christmas. Many community groups and individuals collect and donate toys and Doncare provides a Christmas experience to give families the opportunity to choose gifts for their children. In 2016, the Doncare Christmas Assistance program distributed toys and food vouchers to 123 families which equated to 290 children receiving toys in Manningham. Extra food assistance was provided to 281 pensioners and families experiencing hardship during the Christmas season as well as 38 Christmas Cakes courtesy of the Donvale Lions. It was fabulous to have Commonwealth Bank staff and retired officers personally delivering hampers to people in need as part of Operation Plum Pudding. The Emergency Relief program also distributed over 95 Christmas hampers to Manningham families. Doncare is extremely grateful to Vantage Point Church, Philip Webb Real Estate and Eastern Emergency Relief Network for their generous donations of hampers.
Community demand for emergency relief is always high but this is particularly so at Christmas time when families are living so close to the margin and are struggling to simply put a meal on the table, much less to provide special Christmas treats. Generous donations of food enable Doncare to distribute additional support to supplement Christmas food. Without this help from the community we would simply not be able to provide this necessary lifeline to our clients.
To assist our Christmas appeal, cash donations can be made securely online through this website or donations of cash, gift cards, new toys or non-perishable food items can be made at our office at Suite 4, Level 1, 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster. If your school, church, group or business would like to conduct a fundraiser for Doncare, please call us on 9856 1500.