Some of the people behind the kids in care Christmas appeal – Elisha Sweeney of Gympie Blue Light, Michelle Shepherd, Gympie police superintendent Alan Bourke, Glen Shepherd, Kirie Davey and NAB’s Regan Donovan.
Some of the people behind the kids in care Christmas appeal – Elisha Sweeney of Gympie Blue Light, Michelle Shepherd, Gympie police superintendent Alan Bourke, Glen Shepherd, Kirie Davey and NAB’s Regan Donovan. Renee Pilcher

Give Santa a helping hand

CHRISTMAS can be a lonely time for people separated from their families, none more so than children.

That’s what prompted the people at Gympie’s Shepherd’s Retravision appliance store to step in and do something for the lonely kids of our community.

They fell in three years ago with a brilliantly compassionate Christmas idea put forward by Gympie’s Kirie Davey to buy Christmas presents for children who spend Christmas in foster care because of court orders.

That was three years ago when she convinced her husband, Gympie detective Gregg Davey, to promote the idea among his colleagues.

“We’re pleased to say it expanded to include all kids in foster care for any reason and that’s the case again this year,” he said.

Speaking outside his Duke Street family business yesterday, Glen Shepherd said the business was pleased to support such a decent idea and to put something back into the community.

“All the people who have been involved are lining up to do it again, because we’ve identified it as an area that needs some assistance in the community,” he said.

National Bank’s Mary Street branch manager Regan Donovan said the bank and its staff were very keen to maintain their support for the warm hearted project.

Gympie police superintendent Alan Bourke congratulated police involved in the scheme and welcomed the support of the Gympie Blue Light organisation.

“It’s a wonderful exercise to provide gifts for kids at Christmas, in circumstances where they might not otherwise be having the kind of Christmas many of us took for granted,” he said.

“It’s a great community response.”

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