The silly season is around the corner and it marks the end of what we all know has been has an unforgettable year. In between the obvious challenges of CoVID-19, we have seen our We Care Connect Community grow and come together like never before.
Now is a good time to go through your items at home, pop in some extra items such as toiletries when doing the shopping or even make a donation to ensure we can continue to support those who need our help the most.
Mel became one of Westfield Tuggerah’s Local Heroes!
To those of you who supported Mel in the Westfield Local Heroes, we can’t thank you enough! We were so excited when we heard that we won the $10,000 that will allow us to keep helping more local families doing it tough. Thank you again so much for supporting our volunteers and showing them how valuable they are. We certainly think they are the best of the best.
We’ll have Christmas wrapping sessions for a gold coin donation at Westfield – so if you’re out doing your Christmas shopping and want those pressies wrapped, please come and find us!
Behind the scenes at We Care
One of volunteers, Vicki, recently heard a local hotel was changing hands. Before they knew it, Vicki had spoken with their management who kindly agreed to donate the hotel’s bedcovers, blankets and linen to We Care – and the pile quickly became known as the great wall of Wyong! Our sewing volunteers took over, turning colourful king-size bedcovers and sheets into singles, with lots of bundle bags from the offcuts. So a big donation (or great wall!) of linen really makes us happy – we’re always short of single sheets!
Program news – Youth Connect
When we first started, our focus really was on younger children, as we thought that was where the need would be greatest. Over time, we’re seeing this shift and increasingly the requests we receive from Case Workers are for teenagers. Disadvantaged teenagers are highly susceptible to low self-esteem and
social exclusion and this can be a very damaging time. As well as providing urgently needed clothing items, this program provides the important items such as decent shoes, school supplies, headphones, backpacks and internet access.
Why we care
We don’t pre-pack orders, we want to offer a completely individualised service that’s full of care and attention to detail. We wait to understand any unique dynamics of an order – read this example of a recent request from a Case Worker and you’ll understand why!
I am after some junior size nappies to help this mum out. She has 6 children, and her 3 year old twins both have multiple diagnoses, and are both still in nappies. If you have any Huggies brand nappies in junior size that would be fantastic. Mum has explained that the Huggies nappies are best for her children because of her build and low muscle tone the stretch in the band fits her better and means they don’t wet through overnight.
Thank you very much.
Do you have anything you can donate at our Care Collection Day?
Sunday 6th December | 10am | Parklife Cafe, Terrigal
Our shelves are getting bare. We are holding a Care Collection Day in a few weeks time in Terrigal. We were overwhelmed with your support and generosity at our Collection Day earlier in the year. If you have any great quality clothing (especially Summer clothing!), cots, prams or car seats – we would love to see you there!
The next few weeks will be hard for far too many local families. We’re ready and determined to change that for as many children as we can. Together, our village shows how strong we are – and how together, we can show the spirit of Christmas generosity and giving like never before.
The We Care Team