Christmas Thank You – Give a Gift Appeal

This year we have been blessed with generous donations – with your support UMFC has distributed Christmas gifts to over 330 vulnerable children in our local community this year. Thank you to everyone who donated, everyone who collected, wrapped, took presents to families, or even spread the word.

Community support is growing for our Give a Gift appeal – we have an ever increasing number of community groups, community organisations, businesses and individuals to thank. We asked the community to focus on gifts for teens, including vouchers, and they responded. This year, we even had kinder graduates doing chores at home to raise gold coins for our kids. Every little bit helps.

For each and everyone of our helpers, thank you – every bit helps.

Loaves and Fishes are a collective of 12 parishes around Wangaratta providing food relief from Anglicare’s offices. They kindly provided four exquisite hampers for our families.

Christmas Thankyou 1

A special thank you to all the 2020 graduates of Coronation Kindergarten in Wangaratta. The class of ’20 undertook chores at home in return for golden coins to contribute these vouchers for our Give a Gift appeal. Thanks guys!

Christmas Thankyou 2

Thank you to Trish Parkinson and all of the supporters of St Vinnies in North Albury for generously donating these gifts.

Christmas Thankyou 3

A big thank you to Jon and Mark @Charlie’s Wangaratta who have collected presents for us and been instrumental in our achieving partnership support from the Wangaratta Chronicle. Their support led directly to some of the other donors you see here, as well as individuals who came into the office.

Christmas Thankyou 5

Thank you to Chris and Shelley and everyone at North East Exercise Solutions in Wangaratta who generously supported us this year. They heeded the call for gift vouchers for our teens!

Christmas Thankyou 5

Thank you to Julie Skilton and everyone of the parish of St John’s Anglican Church, Wodonga who supported us again this year. This was a marvelous effort given they only resumed services recently.

Christmas Thankyou 6

Thank you to Glen and John delivering gifts on behalf of the parishes of Stanley, Beechworth, and Yackandandah Uniting Churches again this year. Services have been hit this year and we are so grateful for their support.

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Thank you to Breanna Thewlis, the staff, children and families of Wangaratta West Primary School who magnificently dug deep to learn the gift of giving to those in need in the local community. We are humbled and honored at your support – you’ve helped make a Christmas to remember for many of our local kids.

Christmas Thankyou 8

Thank you to Kaily Goodsell and everyone at Uniting VicTas for allowing us to help pass on Christmas gifts to those in need in the Border region.

Christmas Thankyou 9

Thank you to Michael and all the staff at Healthfocus Physiotherapy who so generously supported our Give a Gift appeal again this year. Thanks guys!

Christmas Thankyou 10

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