Friday, November 10, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life


Sarina Neighbourhood Centre and Aurizon are putting the call out to the community to help make a better Christmas for those doing it tough.

Sarina residents are asked to donate Christmas gifts, holiday season items and nonperishable hamper items to help bring joy and comfort to those in need during this festive time.

Deputy Mayor Karen May said unfortunately Christmas wasn’t a festive time of year for everyone in our community.

“While most of us look forward to exchanging gifts, feasting and relaxing; for some people Christmas is a really hard and stressful time,” Cr May said.

“Christmas drives, like this one, make such a difference – they mean presents to unwrap and food in the pantry for people who would otherwise really struggle,” she said.

“What we are hoping is that people will just put one extra item in their trolleys this year – an extra toy, another Christmas pudding or a second box of crackers.

“Drop them at the Sarina Neighbourhood Centre and we will ensure they go to a family who needs a hand up this festive season.

“Anything you can give is appreciated.”

The Sarina Neighbourhood Centre Christmas appeal runs until Friday, December 8.

Donations are welcome during opening hours (9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday).

For more information, contact the team on 4961 9290.

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