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Helping others keep warm this winter

Winter is a hard time for many, but it’s especially hard for those without much to get them by during the colder months.

For those who are fighting battles on multiple fronts – such as unemployment, low income, illness, or homelessness – winter makes their challenges even tougher. That’s why it’s important to lend a helping hand.

To support those in need, St Paul’s in Lithgow & St Stephen’s in Portland are holding their annual Winter Appeal.

This is an appeal to the whole community. For those who have enough, why not get involved and to help bring warmth to others this winter?

On Saturday June 13th, the two churches are collecting donations of non-perishable food, toiletries & clothes.

Throughout the morning, anyone can take their donations to St Paul’s (8:30-11:30am) & St Stephen’s (9-11am). If you can’t drop by during those times because they don’t suit, you can arrange a different drop off by contacting the church office.

Collected goods will be given to Anglicare, who will ensure they get where they are needed. The goods that are donated form emergency assistance for people in need throughout the winter months.

This year, according to Anglicare, it is the non-perishable food (rice & pasta, spreads & long-life milk etc) & basic toiletries (toothbrushes & shampoo etc) that are most needed.

Clothes will also be welcome, but the focus is on stocking the pantry not the wardrobe.

To find out more about the Winter Appeal, or to arrange an alternative drop off time,  please contact the church office on (02) 6351 3070.

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