UCWB staff are busy preparing to spread the Christmas cheer with generous donations of handmade wooden toys for children and personal care items for vulnerable and disadvantaged women.
Our Inner Southern Homelessness Service (ISHS) received more than 40 handbags containing essential personal care and sanitary items for women. Donated by Share the Dignity, as part of the “It’s in the Bag” campaign, the bags are intended to bring dignity to women experiencing homelessness and domestic violence at a time when they need it most.
Each bag contains a personal message to the recipient.
(Above) The ISHS team with some of the Share the Dignity handbags.
Meanwhile, the annual donation of beautifully handmade wooden toys from the Toyboys of the Rotary Club of Charles Sturt and Grange have been distributed to charities in Adelaide. UCWB received the toys at a morning tea hosted by the Toyboys in November, marking the 25th year that they have distributed handmade toys to local charities.
In a labour of love throughout the year, the 14 Toyboys – aged in their 70s and 80s – made 548 wooden toys to be given this Christmas to children of disadvantaged and vulnerable families.
The generosity and thoughtfulness of the Toyboys and Share the Dignity helps UCWB staff to make this Christmas a happier one for many of our customers.
(Above) Emergency Relief Coordinator Sue Pastro with the wooden toys donated by the Toyboys.