It’s that time of year...
Our 2017 Merry Mission Appeal is on again!
For over 8 years Merry Mission has been assisting thousands of local families and children who struggle during the festive season.
In 2016, thanks to you, our generous donors, we raised over $63,000 in hampers, gifts, and cash donations, helping more than 400 children and families in our community.
Our aim is to brighten the festive season at what is a difficult time for many local families and children. But we need your help…
Join us in supporting local families in need by donating gifts and/or non-perishable food and personal care items that we can make up into Helping Hampers.
Together we can create Merry Moments for those who would otherwise miss out.
Merry Mission aims to bring joy and happiness on Christmas Day to children and families in your local community who receive services and support from Windermere. Many have experienced extreme disadvantage, trauma, and vulnerability, and may not be able to afford food and necessities, let alone Christmas gifts.
Merry Mission is our way of creating Merry Moments for families in our community who are doing it tough.
Read below to find out more about who you're helping.
12 year old Lucas has severe autism and sadly can't speak. Unable to dress and feed himself, Lucas also suffers from incontinence. Everyday is a struggle as he needs full-time care and high behavioural support to help live his everyday life. .
Can you imagine how tough life is for this young family? To make matters worse, the family are ineligible for government support.
Lucas's Dad, David needs to work to relieve some of the financial strain currently on the family. Mum and full-time carer, Sarah does the best she can, but as Lucas grows, she finds it harder and harder to control her much loved son.
As a result, David has had to leave work early on many occasions to help his wife... making it even harder for the family to make ends meet and purchase essential items like nappies.
Life is tough for this young family, and to make matters worse they are not eligible for government support.
David and Sarah desperately want their son to experience the joy of the festive season, to see his eyes light up with happiness as he opens a gift on Christmas morning, but this is simply a luxury they can't afford.
For most of us Christmas is a time to come together and enjoy a special meal, but for many it is also a difficult time of year.
In 2017, we aim to provide over 300 helping hampers and 885 gifts to more than 489 local families in need.
Become a MerryMover and rally the troops, get your school, workplace, street, community group, church, family and friends involved.
Create a Merry Moment for a family in need - making a difference really is that easy!
Fill a Helping Hamper!
The need for food at Christmas always seems greater and this year is no exception with the need more significant than ever before.
Help us provide a Merry Meal for a family doing it tough this Christmas. Over the years we’ve distributed hundreds of food hampers with the help of people like you.
All you have to do is buy a few extra non-perishable or personal care items each time you shop, drop them off to us and we do the rest.
We need 3000 items to fill 300 hampers! It’s so easy to create Merry Moments and make a big difference to the physical and emotional wellbeing of local families who really need our help.
Give a local child something to celebrate this Christmas and take up the Gift Challenge today!
We need over 885 gifts for boys and girls aged from 0-16+years, so here’s the challenge:
- While shopping buy an extra gift for a Windermere child
- Ask friends and family to donate a gift to Windermere on your behalf
- Encourage friends and family to get involved too.
Drop your gifts off to us and we take care of the rest. It really is that easy.
It’s important our case workers are able to see the gifts so that they can select the most suitable. So please, there is no need to wrap them.
Please note, for health and safety reasons we are unable to accept:
- Used or second-hand item
- dangerous or inappropriate goods
- anything that needs refrigeration.
Getting the items to Windermere
Where do I need to deliver the items?
If you could drop off your donations to one of our many drop off points, this would be a great help to our limited resources.
Windermere Head Office:
48 Webb Street, Narre Warren VIC 3805
When should I deliver them by?
No later than 12pm Tuesday 5th December.
Want to know more? Drop us a line at 03 9705 3286
Gift Challenge Ideas
Helping Hamper Tips
or Fill in yourself
For further information about Merry Mission,
please contact Belinda Barker:
Ph: (03) 9705 3286