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Goodies galore in BDT Appeal

Wednesday, 15th December, 2010

Lifeline manager Richard Lines, the Salvation Army’s Major Kelvin Stace and St Vincent de Paul regional president Phil Sky start collecting the donated items yesterday Lifeline manager Richard Lines, the Salvation Army’s Major Kelvin Stace and St Vincent de Paul regional president Phil Sky start collecting the donated items yesterday

The Barrier Daily Truth Christmas Appeal came to an end yesterday, giving local charities a much needed boost at their busiest time of the year.

Since November 15, the tree at the end of the BDT hallway had been stacked with hundreds of items such as toys, cricket sets, books, clothes, food, drinks and hampers which will all be dispersed to needy kids across the region. 

Perilya, which has been giving food hampers to employees for Christmas, also donated a hamper to the BDT appeal. 

Local charity workers arrived at the BDT office yesterday to collect the mountain of goods, armed with baskets, utility vehicles and school students tohelp lighten the load.

St Vincent de Paul regional president Phil Sky wanted to thank everyone who donated food to the appeal this year.

"It will all go towards our hampers. We use these as extras," Mr Sky said. Lifeline manager, Richard Lines, said he thought the public was "extremely generous" with this year's donations of toys.

"It's just indicative of the Broken Hill community and the generosity they have," Mr Lines said. "There's going to be a lot of appreciative kids on Christmas Day."

St Vincent de Paul's Pat Victory said he thought the number of donations had risen this year. "To me there's more there. I'd say there's more this year," Mr Victory said.

The veteran charity worker said he was amazed at the generosity of people who donated "good quality stuff ".

The food hampers will be distributed by The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul on Monday, and Lifeline will also distribute toys between Monday and Wednesday in the city, Wilcanniaand Menindee.

The Salvation Army's Major Kelvin Stace said the charity was very happy with the amount of goods that had been donated.

Items can still be left under the BDT Christmas tree and will be given to charities before Christmas.

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