Veritas House has called on the community to share some Christmas cheer with the almost 100 children in Orange and Bathurst who will spend the holidays in foster care and youth refuges.
The Central West not-for-profit has set up wishing trees at its offices with gift tags that contain the Christmas wish lists of each child – residents can take a tag and return with the wrapped or unwrapped gifts by December 14.
“Children and young people enter into foster care for a myriad of reasons, but generally they have experienced a degree of trauma, neglect and abuse that requires intervention and removal for their own safety and well-being,” said Veritas CEO, Jody Pearce.
“Veritas House Foster Carers in Bathurst and Orange provide a secure, safe and supportive home environment to these children and young people, but there is no doubt that Christmas can still be a tough time.”
Veritas has asked residents and businesses who are unable to provide a gift to consider contributing goods or a donation, so it can provide the young people with Christmas meals on December 20 and send them somewhere special for a day.
“We hope to fund excursions to the beach, the Zoo or the Bathurst water park at Ben Chifley Dam, so that a time that can be pretty tough can be made happy and memorable,” Ms Pearce said.
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