A Goodstart to giving this Christmas
Imagine the joy that comes when a family sits down to a substantial meal to celebrate Christmas or when a parent sees their child’s face light up when they open a present on December 25.
That’s the inspiration for the children, parents and staff of Goodstart Early Learning as they prepare more than 250 hampers laden with food, gifts and Christmas fare to give to the St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland’s Christmas hamper drive.
“The earliest lessons on the spirit of giving are the most memorable and lasting,” St Vincent de Paul's Brisbane Diocesan president Larry Mann said.
“There will be over 200 Brisbane families overjoyed by the generosity of Goodstart Early Learning, who are doing this for the seventh year in a row.
“Each year we are approached by more than 38,000 people across this area seeking assistance, and we have the privilege of helping connect these hampers with the families who need them most.”
Goodstart Early Learning area manager Narelle Robinson said it was a wonderful opportunity for the organisation to show their ongoing support to St Vincent de Paul Society and help vulnerable families celebrate the festive season.
“Every year, our staff and families go above and beyond to help those struggling this Christmas. We are delighted to once again be part of such an important appeal which we know brings some joy and comfort to what can be a difficult time of year for many families,” Mrs Robinson said.
“This year, we have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of generosity from our staff and families from at least 100 Goodstart centres in south-east Queensland who have contributed to such a heartfelt and worthy cause.
“The Vinnies appeal is a truly wonderful opportunity for children and families to connect with their community and give such a precious gift of support to families in need. It’s also great to see the kids learn about the true spirit of giving at Christmas time,” she said.