Hepburn Regional Community Cheer is relying on your generosity to make this a Christmas to remember for up to 150 children and many other people experiencing financial hardship this year.

On the Day of Giving, 21 December, Daylesford Town Hall will be filled to the brim with toys and hampers for those in need in our community. Community Cheer helps spread the Christmas spirit by offering gifts to residents in  Daylesford Aged Care (Lumeah Lodge) as well.

While COVID restrictions may affect how this year’s events will be organised, committee member Michelle Clifford said that the pandemic has increased the need in the community for extra support this Christmas.

Because this year has been a very difficult one for fundraising, Community Cheer is more reliant than usual on direct donations. They are looking for new or unused toys which can be dropped off under the Christmas tree at the Daylesford District Community Bank or taken to the Daylesford Community Health Centre.

You can also donate cash to buy food and gifts for the hampers and gift vouchers so people can buy themselves what they need to make Christmas jolly.

HRCC Treasurer, Danny Moynihan said, “We have always loved being part of this wonderful generous community of Daylesford and the way everyone has really got behind us in the past.

“lt’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”

All kinds of businesses and organisations in the region have been stepping up with donations too and Community Cheer’s Platinum Sponsor, The Farmers Arms Hotel, will host a socially inclusive lunch on Christmas Day, COVID permitting.

People who live in postcodes 3460 and 3461 and who have a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card are eligible for Hepburn Regional Community Cheer. To register call Daylesford Community Health on 5421 6550 by 7 December.

For more information about Community Cheer and how to support it, you can contact Michelle on 0432 497 628.

Cash donations can be made to Hepburn Regional Community Cheer, BSB 633 000, ac/no 162 925 689.