At Christmas NewHope provides Coles and Woolworths Food Gift Cards to people in need that are connected to NewHope through ministries and programs. This includes Blackburn North, Croydon and Surrey Hills, the Preschool and Community Care, our Persian and Brazillian Communities, CAP clients, Dinner Tonite, Soccer Club, as well as families and individuals. Food hampers will continue to be supplied to several of our partners including the Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Ministry led by Cath Solomon and to ‘drop ins.’

Vouchers allow people the dignity and empowerment of choice during this season. As NewHope is such a multi-cultural community where foods vary significantly, we would like people to enjoy their foods at Christmas and give them the ability to choose the same, just like you and me.

To give to “Christmas is Giving” purchase one of the following from Coles or Woolworths to the value of your choosing, $10, $20, $25 & $50 increments are ideal and place it in an envelope marked “Christmas is Giving” and deposit it into the offering at any worship service no later than Sunday 11th December. The earlier we receive your gift, the easier it is for Community Care to distribute your gift.

The “Coles Gift Card

This is the Gift card that needs to be purchased from Coles itself as it is the only gift card that you cannot buy alcohol or cigarettes with. All Coles carry this card. If you cannot find it ask at the customer service desk. You can nominate the amount you would like to put on the card.

The “Groceries” or “Essential Card” from Woolworths.

It comes in increments of $5, $10, $15, $20, $50 or there is a purple essential card that you can place your own dollar amount on. Purchase of cigarettes and alcohol is not permitted on this card, nor can it be used to buy other gift cards. Not all stores have the groceries only card on hand, you can purchase it online: everydaygiftcards.com.au

Non-perishable food donations will continue to be received and can be placed in the blue collection bins at NewHope Blackburn and Croydon, as we assist our partners and stock the food pantry to address need through the summer months.

Donations of gifts and Kids Toys will be received through Kids Church and the Community Care House, 522 Middleborough Rd. 9897 3288, Monday – Thursday.

Thank you for your participation and we look forward to sharing the good news stories with you early in 2017