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Christmas hampers heading west


Zoe Satherley
10 December 2007
Plum puddings and teddy bears, sandalwood scented soap and Christmas crackers are all on their way to needy drought-stricken families in the Wagga Wagga area, thanks to the care and concern of Southern Cross University staff.

This year the University has again organised the collection and distribution of Christmas hampers for farming families out west.

Last year, 32 hampers were packed by Denise Coster, communications supervisor, Information Technology and Telecommunication Services, and her team of volunteers and sent to Dubbo where they were distributed to farming families by local SES volunteers who will do the same this year in Wagga Wagga. In previous years the University has given the hampers to the local Salvation Army for distribution.

“We haven’t finished the collection yet this year, so I am not sure how many hampers we will be able to make up, but I hope it will be at least equal to last year’s effort,” Denise said.

“We forget at times just how lucky we are living here. We have had a good season for rain but out in western NSW, farming families are still in the grip of drought and are doing it extremely tough. I find most people are happy to contribute a little something to the hampers and share a small token of their good fortune.”

Photo: Sharon Hudson, communications officer, Information Technology and Telecommunication Services, is one of the volunteers collecting goods for the Christmas hampers.