For most of us Christmas is a time to come together and celebrate, to enjoy a special meal, exchange gifts and experience the joy of being together.
But it is also the most difficult time of year for many, especially those experiencing extreme disadvantage and trauma.
With your help, Merry Mission aims to bring real joy, happiness and hope to the lives of local children and families, at what can be a difficult time for so many.
For over 10 years our Merry Mission Appeal has assisted more than 5,000 local families and children who, through no fault of their own, struggle during the festive season.
Merry Mission aims to bring real joy and happiness to the local children and families in our community who receive services and support from us.
Many have experienced extreme disadvantage, trauma, and vulnerability, and are unable to afford food and necessities, let alone Christmas gifts.Hampers.
Tracey* became homeless after fleeing from a viciously abusive relationship.
She was trying to protect her three children; 8-year-old Tyler*, 6-year-old Tanya* and 14-year-old Jared* when she fled from her partner.
“He would have hunted us down if I’d taken the children,” she says.
Eventually a deeply distressed Tracey found her way to a women’s refuge and was referred to us.
“I didn’t have my kids, I’d lost everything,” she says.
Windermere supported Tracey to go through a court process to be reunited with her children. We also provided counselling, emergency funds for school supplies and support for Tyler deal to with a range of learning and developmental issues.
Today Tracey and her children are safe and will spend Christmas together, something they never thought possible.
“We wouldn’t have had a Christmas without Windermere. I couldn’t believe it when T’ea turned up with all the food and presents. It meant the kids could have a real Christmas and we even had a proper meal for mum,” Claire, Merry Mission 2019 recipient.
*names changed to protect privacy