St John Ambulance staff and volunteers help make Xmas merry and bright for others


Debbie Moss, senior child protection worker at the Department of Communities, and St John Ambulance paramedic Hans Deberitz with some of the gifts.
Debbie Moss, senior child protection worker at the Department of Communities, and St John Ambulance paramedic Hans Deberitz with some of the gifts.

SANTA might be out of a job after St John Ambulance staff and volunteers donated hundreds of gifts to struggling WA families this Christmas earlier this month

A giving tree was set up in the Belmont office where staff and volunteers could leave gifts which were presented to the Department of Communities at their Fremantle office.

St John Ambulance chief executive Tony Ahern said he was delighted at the effort.

“We have been collecting these presents for children and young people in foster care,” he said.

“In its first-ever year, almost 200 gifts have been donated.

“We hope that our Giving Tree will bring some happiness to children and families of WA.

“We see a lot of despair at this time of year so it’s good to be able to do something that will help families that may be struggling.”

St John is looking into working with the Department of Communities to expand the giving tree to regional offices next year.

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