Vinnies thanks Bermagui for hamper help

The Narooma Conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society has again benefited greatly from the generosity of the Bermagui community.

In November and December, Bermagui residents were asked to contribute to a Christmas Hamper Drive organised by their town's Horizon Bank branch and Woolworths.

A large collection box was placed near the checkouts at Woolworths for donations of Christmas fare and pantry items.

A Narooma Vinnies spokesperson said the response was commendable: "given the challenges our community has faced with bushfires and the pandemic".

"When the drive concluded Narooma Vinnies members took delivery of a large quantity of donated items," the spokesperson said.

"These have made it possible to pack additional hampers for distribution to deserving families and individuals in the Narooma, Bermagui, Cobargo and Bodalla areas.

Anne, Julie (Horizon Bank manager), Mike, Michael (Woolworths manager)
and Bill with donations.

Anne, Julie (Horizon Bank manager), Mike, Michael (Woolworths manager) and Bill with donations.

"The quality and variety of the donations this year again ensures that hampers will contain both pantry items and treats - Christmas puddings, cakes, hams and sweets.

"These make the hampers even more special for the less well-off members of our community who receive them," the spokesperson said.

In total over 60 hampers will be distributed by St Vincent de Paul Society members this year.

The spokesperson said this was on a par with the past three years when Horizon and Woolworths also tapped into their town's Christmas spirit to support Vinnie's hamper initiative.

Narooma Vinnies thanked Bermagui for their donations.

"You have helped make Christmas much better for many people who are doing it tough at present," the spokesperson said.

"A big thank you also to Horizon Bank's Julie and Woolworth's manager Michael for their great support.

"Bermagui can be proud of its Christmas spirit."

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