Member for Strathfield, Jodi McKay, has today launched a Christmas Toy Drive to ensure every local child has a great Christmas.
“Every year, most Children wake up on Christmas excited to unwrap their presents and explore the gifts of Santa’s giving. That’s the way Christmas should be, filled with joy, surprise and happiness.
“Yet, unfortunately, this isn’t the case for every child in our local area, and Christmas can often become a time of sadness and disappointment for children and their parents who are in the most vulnerable of circumstances.”
The gifts received as part of this year’s toy drive will be donated to women and children’s shelters and service providers across the Strathfield Electorate to ensure children without a stable home don’t miss out on the excitement of a new toy this Christmas.
“This year, I am very pleased to announce that I have partnered with local shelters and service providers to allow local residents to give back to our community at this time of year.
“This small donation really can be the different between a sad and a happy Christmas for some local children and their mothers. I’d encourage local residents to dig deep to ensure our most vulnerable can also enjoy this happy and exciting time of year.”
Ms McKay today launched the toy drive as part of the Annual White Ribbon event, which is designed to raise awareness of gender-based violence.
“I am very proud to launch this toy drive as part of the 16 days of action against domestic violence to show those who may have been victims of such assaults that the community stands with you and will be there in your time of need.
Unwrapped presents can be placed under the Christmas Tree in the Strathfield Electorate Office, 1/54 Burwood Road Burwood, any weekday between 9am and 5pm before December 14.