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” Supermarket.
A large collection box was placed near the checkouts at “Woolworths” for donations of Christmas fare and pantry items.
The response, as in past years, was outstanding.
When the drive concluded Conference took delivery of several baskets and a large carton full of donated items. These have made it possible to pack additional hampers for distribution to deserving families and individuals in the Narooma, Bermagui, Cobargo and Bodalla areas.
The quality and variety of the donations this year again ensures that hampers will contain both pantry items and also “treats” – plum puddings, cakes, hams and sweets. These make the hampers even more special for the less well-off members of our community who receive them.
In total over 48 hampers will be distributed by Conference this year. This is on a par with the last three years when “Horizon” and “Woolworths” also tapped into their town’s Christmas spirit to support Conference’s hamper initiative.
Narooma Conference extends a big “thank you” to the good people of Bermagui. You have helped make Christmas much better for many people who are doing it tough at present. A big thank you also to Horizon Bank’s Julie; and Woolworth’s manager, Hamish, for their great support.
Bermagui can be proud of its Christmas spirit.
Above: Julie, Hamish and Narooma Conference members Anne, Mike and bill with donations.