Barossa Christmas hampers and gifts

Barossa Christmas Hamper co-ordinator Tania Materne, hamper team helper Sandy Schuster and emergency relief co-ordinator Helen Walker.
Barossa Christmas Hamper co-ordinator Tania Materne, hamper team helper Sandy Schuster and emergency relief co-ordinator Helen Walker.

The generosity of the community has already begun to show ahead of the festive season with donations trickling in for Barossa Christmas Hampers and gifts.

Hosted by Barossa Lutheran Community Care for the past decade, the initiative works to support individuals, couples, and families doing it tough.

This year the service has called on schools students to decorate gift bags, and church congregations and businesses to help fill hampers and become drop off points.

According to Barossa Christmas Hamper co-ordinator Tania Materne, the hampers support people living as far as Swan Reach, Blanchetown, Eudunda, southern Barossa, including Lyndoch, and townships in between.

"Last year we provided 280 hampers and 270 gifts for children aged between newborns and 18 years,” Mrs Materne explained.

"We struggle with gifts for males aged between 14 and 18 years and encourage grooming products and sporting goods.”

Now in it's 11th year, the co-ordination of the hampers and gifts has meant about 70 volunteers on the database, with volunteers, new and old, to again support the cause.

Volunteers are kindly asked to drop into Lutheran Community Care to pick up a form expressing their interest.

Packing and distribution of hampers will take place on Monday, December 10 until Thursday, December 13 at St Petri Church Hall.

Mrs Materne said the service is in place to assist a myriad of people affected by unforeseen circumstances.

She shared how the donation support has also meant past referrals paying it forward, by giving back when they can.

“We are both overwhelmed at how much this service is needed within the communities, yet we are also overwhelmed by the generosity shown,” she said.

Drop off points for non-perishable foods and brand new, unwrapped gifts will be made available at Foodlands, Barossa Physio and the Vine Inn.

For a list of items required, contact Barossa Lutheran Community Care on 8562 2688 or visit 26 Second Street, Nuriootpa.