YMCA Springfield Lakes Christmas Appeal 2023
In the spirit of giving, the YMCA Springfield Lakes Christmas Appeal has once again united the local community to spread joy and support to those in need. Since its start in 2019, the annual appeal has been a beacon of hope, with this year's efforts reaching new heights.
Partnering with local organisations such as Springfield Lakes State School, Ray White – Brookwater, Bolton Group Real Estate, Scouts – Springfield, IGA Springfield, and Aveo Retirement Village, the YMCA aimed to foster a sense of community and inspire generosity within the Springfield region.
Alison Clark, Operations Coordinator at YMCA Springfield Lakes, expressed her gratitude, saying, "The collective effort and community spirit displayed in this initiative embody the true essence of the season, bringing joy and support to those in need."
Andrea, Alison, and Jennifer
The collaborative effort involved various contributions from the community, including 150 hand-sewn Christmas stockings by the YMCA Craft Group, handmade cards by the Springfield Scout Joey Group, and over 2500 food items collected in a one-day drive by Springfield Lakes State School.
Food and toy collection points were set up at IGA, Aveo, Bolton Group Real Estate, and Ray White – Brookwater. The generous support from Springfield's community resulted in over 3000 food items, 407 gifts, and 180 toiletry items gathered over the course of the initiative.
YMCA Springfield Lakes staff, along with 14 dedicated volunteers, spent seven days sorting, bundling hampers, and wrapping presents. Through this effort, over 90 families in the Springfield region received a helping hand during the festive season.
As part of their commitment to the community, additional gifts will be sent to the Springfield Child Safety Centre to bring Christmas joy to kids in foster care.
This annual appeal has become a hallmark of community spirit, aligning with the YMCA's vision of creating happy, connected, and thriving communities. The Springfield Lakes Community Centre, under YMCA's guidance, continues to provide an inclusive and respectful space for people to connect, belong, participate, and receive support.
To learn more about the YMCA Springfiled Lakes Community Centre and its programs, check out YMCA Springfield Lakes Community Centre.