For over ten years we have been reaching out to families in crisis
through our Merry Mission Christmas Appeal
These are families we work with every day to support their dream of living a happy and safe family life.
Your contribution, no matter how small, can mean gifts for the children and a special meal for the whole family to share.
Imagine what it’s like:
to be a parent whose only choices are violence or homelessness
to leave behind everything so you and your children can be free from harm
to be the sole carer for your children while recovering from a violent past
to be without basic essentials and still have to care for a child’s complex needs.
That’s how Maya’s mum Asha felt.
At seven years of age, Maya is simply glad that her dad could no longer hurt mum. Asha, Maya and her five siblings relocated to safety leaving behind all their belongings. Two of Maya’s siblings have complex needs and she knew her mum would barely be able to scrape together a meal for Christmas.
Thankfully, Asha was referred to Windermere and she and her family are now rebuilding their lives after receiving a range of vital supports and essential items.
“Without Windermere there would not have been a Christmas, we really had nothing, the kids had no toys and were sleeping on mattresses,” says Asha.
*names changed to protect privacy
University graduate May married young and dreamt of pursuing postgraduate studies. After marriage and the birth of her two children, Cherry and Timon, her husband would not allow her to study and became increasingly abusive and controlling.
May knew she needed to take action to protect herself and her young children but she also knew that by leaving her dangerous home situation she and her children would face homelessness.
“It was tough. I had no friends or family here for support at that time,” she says.
Luckily, May, Cherry and Timon were referred to Windermere. Thanks to their determination and our support, this Christmas they are finally safe and slowly rebuilding their lives.
When you support Merry Mission you touch the lives of real families with real struggles.
A helping hamper could mean a family in crisis won’t need to go without this Christmas.
We aim to reach as many families as possible this Christmas, but we need your help.
Simply fill the enquiry form below and one of our team will be in touch to arrange collection or drop-off time.
Items we need:
Check out our FAQ for information on food items we can/can’t accept.
This year, we aim to provide over 1,000 gifts for boys and girls (aged up to 16) who might otherwise miss out on the joy of opening a Christmas gift.
We accept gifts suitable for children from 0-16 years such as books, games or toys.
Please note that all gifts need to be unwrapped.
If you’d like to contribute, simply fill in the enquiry form below, and one of our team will be in touch to arrange a collection or drop-off time.
See FAQ for more information.
Deliver gifts or hamper items no later than 5 pm on 29 November to:
Windermere Pakenham Office
Toomah Community Centre
19 Golden Green Street
Pakenham VIC 3805
The Toomah Community Centre is only open on select days. If you wish to drop off a number of donated items, please contact email@example.com to discuss drop-off options.
Merry Mission provides an opportunity to bring some Christmas joy to children and families who are doing it tough and would otherwise miss out.