Food drive aids those in need

FAMILIES staying at Hobart’s Ronald McDonald House will be supplied with food, toiletries and other basic supplies thanks to a Christmas food drive run by families using the Clarence Family Day Care Service.

Families connected to the Clarence Family Day Care program donated thousands of dollars worth of goods to the charity in the lead up to Christmas.

Ronald McDonald House manager Carla Yahaya said the generosity shown by the families from Clarence Family Day Care was inspiring.

She said the donation would make a positive difference to families at a very stressful and often emotional time.

“We support more than 300 Tasmanian families a year with sick, ill or injured children,” she said.

“Many families arrive with very little, straight from hospital and don’t have even the basics, such as food.

“These caring donations of food, craft supplies and toys will help give them comfort, entertainment and support during a very difficult time.”

Ms Yahaya said the supplies, which included everything from tea bags to gift vouchers, would help feed families for at least two months.

This would allow Ronald McDonald House to spend money in other ways to support residents while they try to be near their sick children.

The Family Day Care food drive has been running for the past five years in the lead up to Christmas, supporting different charities including the Dogs Home of Tasmania and the RSPCA.

This is the second year Ronald McDonald House has been supported.

Clarence Family Day Care program administrator Angela Free said in addition to supporting those in need, the annual food drive was an opportunity for children to learn about giving to others and that there were others worse off, even at Christmas time.

“The food drive has really been embraced and very well supported by our families,” she said.

“Ronald McDonald House is such a worthy cause and our families really enjoy getting involved and teaching their children about those who are less fortunate.”

For those who would like to support the families of sick children, Ronald McDonald House will be running a ‘Make a Meal’ program throughout the year.

For more information, contact Ronald McDonald House by phoning 6215 9200.

Caption: From left, Angela Stanley-Gasparin from Clarence City Council, Ronald McDonald House manager Carla Yahaya and Ronald McDonald House volunteer Greg Saunders with the Christmas food drive donations.