(from left) Michelle Shepherd, Louisa Corbet, acting inspector Duane Frank, Glen Shepherd, Regan Donovan, Sam Jarrett, Elisha Randall with helpers Ben Shepherd and Clayton Dodt.
(from left) Michelle Shepherd, Louisa Corbet, acting inspector Duane Frank, Glen Shepherd, Regan Donovan, Sam Jarrett, Elisha Randall with helpers Ben Shepherd and Clayton Dodt. Renee Pilcher

Christmas for all

WITHOUT the good hearted efforts of a small band of volunteers, Christmas would be a bleak time indeed for the lonely children who cannot be with their families this December.

But hard times for most of us have not dampened the Christmas spirit when it comes to considering those much less fortunate than ourselves.

And with Christmas a lonely time for some, there can be few people more left out than the children in foster care, separated from their homes because of court orders or those whom police have had to remove from a dangerous environment at home.

The good news for the kids comes from the good hearts of Gympie people who have donated (and who continue to donate) gifts for the fourth year in a row.

In particular it includes the volunteer appeal organisers from Gympie Retravision, the National Australia Bank’s Mary Street branch, the Blue Light organisation, Toyworld, Gympie police, Surf City and other decent people all over the place.

The brainchild of the NAB’s Kirie Davey and Mary Street branch manager Regan Donovan, the scheme aims to bring a little Christmas cheer into the lives of young people who might not otherwise have all that much to celebrate.

Mrs Davey roped in her husband, Gympie detective Senior Sergeant Gregg Davey who passed on the message to fellow police and the Blue Light people.

The people at Shepherds Retravision and Gympie Toyworld were quick to join in and soon they had gathered support from a range of Gympie gift donors and helpers, including volunteers from government departments and the general public.

Retravision’s Glen and Michelle Shepherd say they are glad to be associated with such a decent idea. “All the people who have been involved in the past are lining up to do it again, because we’ve identified it as an area that needs some help,” Glen said yesterday.

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