UNIQUE CONTRIBUTION: Mount Gambier’s Pine Tree Quilters donated 100 Santa sacks created by members to assist with ac.care’s distribution of donated toys at the Mount Gambier Community Centre. Group representatives Kaye Dalgarno and Ohna Green delivered the donation to ac.care’s Rebecca Haggett.

WE saw the generosity of regional communities at the end of a challenging 2020, with strong support for our Christmas appeals.

Diverse donors, from church groups to service clubs, businesses, schools and individuals across our regions contributed, allowing us to spread some Christmas cheer to hundreds of vulnerable country South Australians.

More than 200 children received toys thanks to donations to our appeal at the Mount Gambier Community Centre, supporting 97 families at Christmas.

We were able to provide gifts and hampers to 189 families, couples and individuals, thanks to your generous donations to the centre.

Our joint Murray Bridge appeal allowed distribution of 271 toys and 190 hampers and vouchers to families and individuals.

The appeal was coordinated in partnership with The Salvos and St Vinnies, supported by Rural City of Murray Bridge Council.

Meanwhile, donations at our Berri ac.care site also supported the Riverland Christmas Appeal, which allocated toys and food hampers for our clients.

There were many diverse donors and too many to list here, but every contribution was appreciated and we made sure these donations made it to people who needed your support.

Major contributions included $7500 to ac.care from the Mount Gambier Community Mayor’s Christmas Appeal, supporting distribution of gifts and other vital support over the festive season.

More than $2000 was contributed by the Mount Gambier Family Truck Show committee, which facilitated contributions of more than 125 toys from the community, plus $1200 worth of Oatmill Cinema tickets, matched with free 10-pin bowling for 60 children at Kaboom Entertainment, supported by OG Roberts.

Hundreds of toys were also delivered to children thanks to donations from Big W shoppers in Mount Gambier and Murray Bridge, boosted with a contribution from the management of the Marketplace shopping centres.

Good360 was also a major contributor to our Christmas appeal, providing Lego and other valuable goods for distribution, repurposed from surplus stock at major retailers to support vulnerable people.

Gifts handed out at the Mount Gambier Community Centre were lovingly packed into Christmas sacks made and donated by the Pine Tree Quilters.

Thank you from us all to everyone who helped us spread some festive cheer and supported ac.care throughout the year.

We couldn’t help as many people without your support.

It is easier than ever to become a regular donor or make a one-off donation at any time to support the continued work ac.care performs throughout the year.

Visit accare.org.au/donate for more details.

GENEROUS HAUL: Mount Gambier Marketplace marketing executive Paula Creasey, Woolworths Mount Gambier Marketplace store manager Tony Bueti, Big W customer service assistant Melanie Riley, ac.care marketing and communications manager Jason Wallace and ac.care homelessness client support worker Mellany Ritter with donated presents from shoppers.

ac.care Locations

ac.care is a dynamic organisation servicing the South Australian communities the Limestone Coast, Murraylands, Riverland, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Our mission is for all country people to have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.

Please find our service locations here or use our contact form to request a service.

Mount Gambier
Head office and Foster Care

70-72 White Avenue Mount Gambier, SA 5290
PO Box 1842 Mount Gambier SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Community Centre

22-24 Ferrers Street Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Family Relationship Centre

1 Helen Street (cnr Bay Road) Mount Gambier, SA 5290
9am to 5pm
10:30am to 5pm
9am to 5pm
9am to 5pm
Later by appt
9am to 5pm

Berri Community Centre
Servicing the Riverland

5 Kealley Street Street Berri, SA 5343
PO Box 1345 Berri, SA 5343
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Murraylands Centre
Servicing the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

29 Bridge Street Murray Bridge, SA 5253
PO Box 2090 Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Community Centre

57-59 George Street Millicent, SA 5280
PO Box 378 Millicent, SA 5280
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
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