Around 100 children and young people will spend this Christmas in foster care and at youth refuges in Bathurst and Orange and Veritas House is calling on local residents to help bring some Christmas cheer to these special young people.
Veritas has set up Christmas Giving Trees at their offices at 106 Russell Street and at the Chiropractic Health and Wellness Centre at 184 William Street and is calling on local residents to embrace the spirit of giving and purchase a gift for a child or young person supported by Veritas.
Each tree has on display gift tags that contain the Christmas wishlist for each child, and local residents simply select a tag and bring it back over the next two weeks with their wrapped or unwrapped gift.
“Children and young people enter into foster care for a myriad of reasons, but generally they have experienced a degree of trauma, neglect and abuse that required intervention and removal for their own safety and well-being,” explained Veritas CEO, Jody Pearce.
Veritas is also hoping local residents and businesses who are unable to provide a gift will consider contributing goods or providing a donation.
Tax deductible donations over $2 can be made via the Veritas House website: www.veritashouse.org.au or by contacting Narelle Stocks on 1300 01 1973.
Veritas House is a not-for-profit organisation established in the Central West some 35 years ago and is now one of the largest providers of foster care.