Local business gets behind those in need

By Kyabram Free Press

LOCAL families in need will be getting by with a little help from some generous businesses.

Waterpool Co-Op, Sheridan Partners and Dawes and Vary Riordan are running a food drive throughout winter to help Kyabram Community and Learning Centre (KCLC) support families who are doing it tough.

Sheridan Partners’ Judy Nutz said the food drive was run between the three organisations but they’ve now opened it up to the community.

“We’ve been collecting food items and we filled our first trolley so we’ve donated that and we’re working on more,” she said.

“We’ll be collecting throughout winter and so August will be the last month we run the food drive, but we’ll have the wishing tree in summer.

“We don’t do it for the recognition, we just want to get the word out and help local families.”

And their efforts will go a long way to help KCLC.

“We have 29 families facing disadvantage this winter, and we try to support them through any barriers they face,” KCLC family services coordinator Vicki Huggard said.

“So we really do appreciate the work they do year-round to help.”

Ms Huggard said it’s not just foodstuffs either.

“Financial stress is a common thing for families so we try to help them with meals but also with items such as jackets and beanies to keep warm through winter.”

Anyone who has non-perishable food items to donate they can drop them into 147 Fenaughty St or KCLC reception.

KCLC reception is also accepting donations of jackets, beanies and warm blankets throughout the winter months.