Vinnies call for donations

Last Christmas about 1200 Vinnies volunteers delivered more than 2000 Christmas hampers to people in need.

St Vinnies chief executive Mark Fitzpatrick said Christmas was a challenging time for many in the community. �At what should be a time of happiness and celebration, far too many West Australians are facing the prospect of a bleak Christmas,� he said.

�Our call centre volunteers are struggling to keep up with the number of calls they are receiving, with 1640 requests for welfare received in November alone.

�With the downturn in the economy and many businesses laying off staff, we are seeing more individuals and families doing it tough.�

�We know the WA community is very generous, so I hope they can support the Vinnies Christmas Appeal,� Mr Fitzpatrick said.

The Christmas appeal will run until the end of January.

To donate, call 13 18 12 or visit www.|vinnies.org.oau/christmasappeal.