This year there are a number of Christmas appeals happening across the Goulburn Valley.
● The Community Fund Goulburn Valley has two ways residents can give to those less fortunate during the festive season.
Gift Giving Trees are located in Big W in Shepparton Marketplace, Riverside Plaza in Kialla and Woolworths in Archer St, Shepparton.
Those who would like to help struggling families this Christmas can also register for a Basket of Joy at their workplace, school or sporting club where people can donate non-perishable items.
The initiative between the Community Fund, Greater Shepparton City Council and FamilyCare will see all baskets donated to FamilyCare for distribution to families most in need at Christmas.
Registrations can be made at www.eventbrite.com.au by searching Baskets of Joy 2016 or by phoning Cheryl Hammer on 58328221 (Monday to Thursday).
● UnitingCare Kildonan’s Shepparton branch has partnered with Shepparton Target for the organisation’s national Christmas Appeal.
Shoppers are encouraged to leave unwrapped gifts under the Target Christmas tree at Shepparton Target’s storefront in High St, or purchase a $1 bauble gift tag at the checkout.
● ABC local radio Victoria, in association with Berry Street and its appeal regional partners, are working together to provide Christmas gifts for Victorian children, young people and families who have suffered significant trauma, violence and abuse this year.
Gifts can be purchased online or taken to drop-off points with both ABC Shepparton and Berry Street Shepparton housing giving trees.
● Kmart has partnered with The Salvation Army and residents can place a gift under the tree at Shepparton Kmart. Donations can also be made online.
● The Smith Family and St Vincent De Paul Society have Christmas donation pages on their websites which outline where funds will go.
Do you have a Christmas appeal you would like to add to our list? Email details to firstname.lastname@example.org