Ellenbrook Community Hamper Appeal grows with business support

Ellenbrook Community Christmas Appeal committee members BACK L-R: Chris Jones (Meterguard) and Wanita Walker (Purslowe and Chipper). FRONT L-R: Tiffany Cole (Colecrete WA) and Kirsten Horsting (All Sawted Tree Services). Other committee members not in the photo are: Lisa Jones, Ian Harrington, Carlos Picado, Ali Lyon and Lynsey Tenaglia. Seen here with some of the hampers ready for distribution, as part of the 2018 Christmas hamper appeal. Photo: David Baylis
Ellenbrook Community Christmas Appeal committee members BACK L-R: Chris Jones (Meterguard) and Wanita Walker (Purslowe and Chipper). FRONT L-R: Tiffany Cole (Colecrete WA) and Kirsten Horsting (All Sawted Tree Services). Other committee members not in the photo are: Lisa Jones, Ian Harrington, Carlos Picado, Ali Lyon and Lynsey Tenaglia. Seen here with some of the hampers ready for distribution, as part of the 2018 Christmas hamper appeal. Photo: David Baylis

LOCAL businesses have rallied to support the annual Ellenbrook Community Hamper Appeal, which has raised more than $7500 this year.

Lisa and Chris Jones started the appeal three years ago and have seen support grow each year.

“We decided that as we had been blessed with a great year and good health that we should pay it forward,” Mrs Jones said.

“We asked locally for nominations of people doing it tough and offered six food hampers for recipients – we received 66 nominations.

“We were overwhelmed and so emotionally touched by people’s stories that we couldn’t just help six, we wanted to help them all.”

As they needed $3000 to make up 60 hampers, Mr Jones reached out to the local business community, asking for donations.

“We were so touched by the incredible generosity and kindness of the community wanting to help their own,” Mrs Jones said.

“The Ellenbrook Community Christmas Appeal was born – in 2016 we packed 66 hampers and delivered them with the help of a few friends.

“In 2017, we started again with the aim to reach 80 hampers so we could assist the RSL veterans in the area and the local aged care villages.

“We were totally blown away when the Ellenbrook community raised $6000 and enough for 120 hampers.

“With the help of a few extra hands, we shopped, packed and delivered 120 hampers about a week before Christmas.

“So here we are in 2018 doing it all again – this year we put together a committee of like-minded people.

“We are currently at over $7500 raised entirely from donations, raffles and auctions from prizes donated and will be packing another 125 hampers.

“This is truly something magical to be part of and makes me so very thankful that we are in a position to make a positive difference to other people.”

The Ellenbrook Community Christmas Appeal Facebook group has more than 650 members.