Cafs (Child and Family Services, Ballarat) has again launched the annual Cafs Christmas Appeal.
This year the demand for support has never been greater and the organization is seeking to support in excess of 600 children and their families across the Central Highlands.
Instead of physical gifts this year Cafs are asking donors to consider making either cash donations or contributing gift cards and vouchers. The benefit of these types of contributions means that they can be given to children of any age or gender and the need to quarantine donated goods, in line with current COVID-19 risk procedures, is eliminated.
"We know that families in our community are experiencing the compounding impact of two years living through the COVID-19 pandemic and this has, in many cases, altered their ability to earn an income", said Cafs CEO, Wendy Sturgess.
"The harsh reality is that Christmas gifts are a discretionary item, so they are the first thing to go if a family is facing a choice between day to day expenses and gifts for children."
At this time of year, not only do the day to day expenses continue to come in, but the additional pressure of covering annual back to school costs can push some households to the brink. Christmas presents are a luxury that has to be sacrificed.
Cafs provides support to children and their families through a diverse range of programs including Kinship Care, Foster Care, Youth Care and Family Support.
Donations to Cafs can be made via the website at www.cafs.org.au or by contacting Cafs on 5337 3333.
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