Christmas in July: Dianella mum to send more than 200 baskets to families


Dianella mother Alwynn Hynes with son Bobby Hynes (11m) Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d483338
Dianella mother Alwynn Hynes with son Bobby Hynes (11m) Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d483338

CHILDHOOD memories of receiving care packages inspired a Dianella mother to do the same for struggling families.

Since March, Alwynn Hynes has collected more than 200 baskets, backpacks and buckets filled with baby supplies, home care items, kitchen starter and cleaning packs from the community, as part of her first Christmas in July Gift A Basket 2018 appeal.

Her idea stemmed from her childhood days in Ireland where her family received baskets during a financially difficult time.

She will distribute the baskets to UnitingCare West in Victoria Park on her son Bobby’s first birthday on July 16.

Residents can also collect and drop off baskets at Lollipops Bayswater.

Ms Hynes said she wanted Bobby to experience his first act of giving on his birthday instead of having a birthday party.

“I think that in the world that we are in, it is so easy to give and spoil the children and give them that sense that they love,” she said.

“I think he is going to be extremely proud of himself that he was a part of such a big thing.”

Ms Hynes said simple things like donating goods or buying a coffee for isolated people who were “devoid of hope” made a difference in the world.

“We have so much going on in our own lives and I think that it is very hard to take a step back and look at all the things that are happening in the world,” she said.

“(Kids) can understand there is a lot of people that don’t have much and when they go in shops, maybe they can instead of choosing to buy something for themselves, they might start buying something for another kid.

“They might see another kid and rather than picking on them for not having much, they have the awareness to give.

“So, if we can hit the youngest generation, we can really create a better generation of people.”