It was a heart-warming display of community spirit, when 891 Christmas hampers were delivered to seniors who found themselves alone this Christmas, thanks to the Secret Santa Appeal run by STAR Community Services.
This incredible initiative, made possible through the support of generous donors and volunteers across the community, also contributed over 2,274 gifts and toiletries, along with 1,978 food items, to various community groups.
With many seniors living alone, isolated not only from their loved ones but also from the wider community.
STAR’s Secret Santa Appeal was launched by STAR in 2019 as a part of its ongoing commitment to fight the growing problem of social isolation amongst the older Australians.
The response from the recipients has been nothing short of amazing, with countless emotional calls and messages pouring in. The impact of these gestures has been deeply moving, as reflected in the heartfelt sentiments shared by some of the recipients:
A message from the STAR Community Services
Patsy Wilshire, CEO of STAR Community Services said she wished extend their gratitude to all the generous donors, volunteers, and supported who made this initiative a resounding success, bringing warmth and cheer to those who needed it most.
For more information on STAR’s community projects and initiatives please call 07 3821 6699 or visit starcommunityservices.org.au