Children from families fleeing domestic violence could have their Christmas days made a little bit brighter this year.
Londonderry MP Prue Car has launched her first Christmas toy drive, and has called on the community to open their hearts.
All gifts donated at Ms Car’s office on Queen Street, St Marys before December 15 will go to WASH House in Mount Druitt, an organisation that supports the survivors of domestic violence.
Ms Car said she was proud to support the “amazing work” WASH House did in the community.
“This is some small way that the community can give to children who might not be as lucky this Christmas,” she said.
“People have been so generous. Sporting teams are organising their own collection points.
“It’s all going to children who are really going to need our help to have a good Christmas.”
Ms Car’s electorate covers suburbs in the Blacktown and Penrith local government areas, which have both domestic violence rates among the highest in the country.
“We know it’s such a scourge on the community...we know that both areas have unacceptable rates of domestic violence,” she said.
“More and more we know that this is something that a lot of women in particular really struggle with in our community. WASH House need all the support they can get.
“The presents we collect will go straight to children whose families have escaped domestic violence. Every child deserves the right to a good Christmas. We all know that Christmas is about children.”
She said any unwrapped present would be accepted, whether it be big or small.
Dozens of presents have already been donated to the cause and sit under a Christmas tree in Ms Car’s office. Those gifts include scooters, skateboards, drawing paper and soft toys.
“Kids just love receiving presents full stop. Anything that people want to give would be greatly appreciated,” Ms Car said.
“I think any parent of a young child’s heart breaks to know that children might not receive presents at Christmas because of some very unfortunate circumstances that could happen to anyone.”
- To donate, visit Prue Car’s electorate office at 154 Queen Street, St Marys.