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Christmas hope at Providence

Posted on December 23, 2017

Christmas at Providence is one of the most special times of the year when the community comes together to enjoy the festive season and celebrate all of its achievements.The holiday season is made particularly special by the generosity of Providence residents who always find time to give to others in need.

For the second year in a row, Providence was an offcial collection point for non-perishable food donations as part of Cityhope Care’s 2017 Hampers of Hope Christmas Appeal.

In 2016, the Providence community raised and packed more than $8,000 worth of groceries for families in need. In 2017, the community took the tally to more than $9,000.

Cityhope Care at Ripley provides Emergency Food Relief Hampers year-round to individuals and families referred by over 50

organisations across Ipswich. Donations go towards those affected by job losses, hospitalisation, domestic violence and those struggling to feed their families.

Providence Community Development Officer, Felicity Hill said she was overwhelmed by the generosity of many in the community.

“We created the concept of ‘hamper packing’ as part of residents’ communal desire to begin a tradition based on generosity; by uniting as one community and helping to make this time of year better for all, reflecting the true spirit of Christmas.”

“Thankyou to all those who contributed to our hampers as well as those who were so generous with their time to pack the hampers.”