Thieves steal Christmas joy from local charity
10th December 2018
UPDATE: Just an update on the Southlakes Marketplace theft. Thanks to everyone who has jumped in early to help out. The response has been fantastic and you've had Christine and all the volunteers in tears! Christine has confirmed that cash donations can be made directly to the charity (bank details below). I've covered the $500 in cash that was stolen, but supermarket vouchers and toys for kids are needed to replace the $3000 worth which was taken. Volunteers can use the vouchers andcash to buy new toys at the weekend. Several hundred hampers had been delivered just before the theft, but food is needed for another 50. So, you can drop vouchers, toys or food in to my Toronto electorate office by Friday, or call the centre on 0432 580 059 and a volunteer will come out to you and collect the donation. My thanks again.????????
Account name: Southlakes Marketplace
Greater Bank BSB: 637 000
Account number: 719989977
Thieves have hit Southlakes Marketplace at Cooranbong stealing Christmas hampers and toys meant for some of our community’s most needy.
Along with most others I’m angry and appalled but I can’t begin to understand how those hard working volunteers feel.
I’m hoping we can pull together as a community to help out before the intended delivery date next Tuesday.
I’ve pledged $500 towards new toys and food but we’ll need more.
If you can spare anything - new toys or non-perishable food items - please drop it into my Toronto electorate office by Friday and I’ll make sure Christine gets it.
Here's how David Stewart at The Lakes Mail reported the theft:
CHRISTMAS food hampers and toys meant for needy Westlakes families have allegedly been stolen from the Southlake Marketplace rooms at Cooranbong Community Centre.