Challenge deliver gifts to children in out-of-home care

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For the third year in a row Challenge Community Services have helped brighten the lives of over 50 local children that might have needed some Christmas cheer.

All week the Challenge crew have been beating Santa to the punch, wrapping and packing gifts before delivering them to 55 kids that are currently in out-of-home care.

Casework Manager Amanda Pearson said Challenge like to make sure that every child receives a gift for Christmas, and some of the reactions have been amazing.

“It’s important because it places value on who they are as a person, ensures they are accepted in the community, and gives them something to have fun with on Christmas day,” Ms Pearson said.

While some gifts have been donated, others have been financed by the service themselves, as they ensure no child in their care misses out.

“Kids have been jumping up and down they are so excited. We have had paper getting ripped everywhere, we have had drones in trees – it has been absolutely fantastic,” Ms Pearson said.

Article from the Northern Daily Leader, 22 December 2017.

Author: Challenge Community Services

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About Challenge Community Services

60 years ago we were a small band of parents and friends seeking support services for our children with disabilities. Today, Challenge has grown to be one of the largest community support services in New South Wales. We provide support to over 2500 people from Albury to Lismore, Sydney, Dubbo, Tamworth and beyond. With over 600 staff, 85 of which have a disability, we strive to comply with and exceed all standards required under State and Federal Acts.
In the spirit of Reconciliation, Challenge Community Services acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country, and their connection to land, water and community. We pay our respect to them, their cultures and customs, and to Elders both past and present.
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