Thursday, May 30, 2024

Hills Shire Mayor ‘overwhelmed’ by Christmas appeal generosity

The Hills Shire’s Library Fine Amnesty and Mayor’s Christmas Appeal for 2023 has been one of the most successful yet, with thousands of food items donated and many overdue library resources returned to shelves.

A total of 2,196 non-perishable food items were donated to the appeal, including Christmas puddings, pasta, canned goods, long-life milk, teas and coffees and much more.

The donated items will be given to Anglicare for their Mobile Community Pantry program, which is designed to offer affordable food to individuals and families looking to stretch their budgets further and have a more enjoyable festive season.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Peter Gangemi said he was overwhelmed by the response.

“This appeal truly exemplifies the caring and compassionate nature of The Hills community. Together, we are making a difference,” he said.

“Anglicare’s Mobile Community Pantry has been greatly enriched by the outpouring of support from our local residents.”

Another 167 library resources were returned to Council’s libraries as part of the appeal, which includes waiving fines for overdue books and other library items in exchange for a non-perishable food item.

The oldest item that was returned was a book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss, which was borrowed in October 2022.

“Thank you to everyone who participated,” Mayor Gangemi said.

“It’s great to see so many resources returned, which means others, in turn, can borrow them in the future.

“I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe holiday period.”

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