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MEDIA RELEASE - Food for Fines helps to deliver 400 Christmas gifts

7 February 2020

The generous spirit of Glenelg Libraries members has been highlighted; with donations helping to deliver Christmas cheer to those most in need as part of the annual Food for Fines campaign.

During the month of December 2019, the Glenelg Libraries offered members the opportunity to waive their overdue fines by donating gifts or non-perishable items. These items were then collected by the Salvation Army, Portland and St Vincent de Paul, Casterton to ensure the donated goods reached those most vulnerable over the festive season.

Library and Information Services Manager Yvette Parker said as a result of the Food for Fines campaign more than 400 Christmas gifts were delivered to families.

“A thank you must go out to our library members across the shire, thanks to their contributions many local families had the chance to celebrate Christmas with their loved ones,” she said.

“As a result of this year’s campaign, the Salvation Army has confirmed that more than 400 gifts, 160 food hampers and 90 toys were donated.

“This figure was up from 135 hampers delivered the previous year, an 18 per cent increase, highlighting the growing demand for support during the Christmas period.

“To have seen 400 gifts donated is a phenomenal achievement and is indicative of our generous community. We thank all those who support our Food for Fines campaign, and in turn, all those who supported the Christmas appeals in our shire.”

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