Once again the Christmas Tree in the Main Hall of Urrbrae House will be a collection point on the Waite Campus for The Smith Family’s Toy and Book Appeal.

As we know, this has been a tough year and an especially hard one for Australian children living in poverty.  A gift of a new toy or book can put a very big smile on a disadvantaged child’s face on Christmas morning.  The Smith Family’s Toy and Book Appeal has been providing for children at Christmas time since its inception in 1922 when it delivered toys and sweets to an orphanage on Christmas Eve.

You can show your support for the appeal by donating new toys and books for children aged 0 – 12 years old.  Gifts should be of a size that they are able to be placed inside a large backpack.  If you are not sure what to donate, please see the list of gift suggestions.

You can drop new toys and books at Urrbrae House from Monday 16 November to Tuesday 1 December on the following days and times:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,  9.30am-10.30am and 3.00pm-4.00pm

Come to the Urrbrae House front door during these times, ring the doorbell and one of Santa’s elves (Barbara, Sally or Lynette) will greet you so you can place your gift under the tree.

Please donate all items unwrapped.

It is important that families are provided with appropriate gifts for Christmas. There are a number of items that cannot be accepted because they prove difficult to pack or are not appropriate for a wide range of children. We are unable to accept the following:

  • Clothing, food products, computer games & controllers, calendars, no gifts that require batteries (unless you also provide the batteries required), beauty products, toys shaped like weapons, breakable items, items of a religious nature, second-hand or damaged goods, hand-made items, organisational branded items.

If you have any questions about suitable items to donate please telephone Sally or Lynette on 8313 7110 or 8313 7425.

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