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Gifting toys to the community

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THE WHITSUNDAY Neighbourhood Centre is extending the good wishes out through the community, this Christmas – and you can help too!

The staff at the Neighbourhood Centre have come up with a new project – a free gift shop, based at the centre, in Cannonvale.

The project is about supporting low-income families at Christmas.

The gift shop is open to anyone receiving the parenting payment or Family Tax Benefit, from Centrelink, and living in the following suburbs: Airlie Beach, Brandy Creek, Cannonvale, Cannon Valley, Flametree, Jubilee Pocket, Mandalay, Mount Marlow, Shute Harbour and Woodwark.

Taylors Property Specialists have also come on board and have a ‘wishing tree’ at their premises, in Cannonvale, for people to donate gifts, which they will give to the Neighbourhood Centre’s gift shop.

Neighbourhood Centre executive officer Bec Woods said it was a way of gifting brand new toys to the community.

“We want to make sure every child has a gift under the tree,” she said.

“All gifts are brand new, in their box, ready to be wrapped.”

The Proserpine Whitsunday Junior rugby League Club has donated 50 per cent of the gate fees from the Paul Bowman Challenge, held in September, to the Neighbourhood Centre’s gift shop.

Registrations for the gift shop are open from now until December 10, 2023.

If you would like to contribute to making this Christmas more joyful for families, the Neighbourhood Centre will be accepting brand-new unopened toys/gifts up to November 30, 2023.

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