HELPING OTHERS: Education Leader at Cubby House For Kids Janelle Grory (back) with Olivia Lewis, Ella Darlington and Patrick Yuke hold presents for their ‘giving tree’ to go towards Christmas presents for the Bunya Childcare Centre in Winmalee. Photo: Adam Hourigan
HELPING OTHERS: Education Leader at Cubby House For Kids Janelle Grory (back) with Olivia Lewis, Ella Darlington and Patrick Yuke hold presents for their ‘giving tree’ to go towards Christmas presents for the Bunya Childcare Centre in Winmalee. Photo: Adam Hourigan

Childcare centre gifts for kids in Blue Mountains

THE Christmas spirit is on show at Cubby House for Kids childcare centre in Townsend, and this year, the star on the tree is shining extra bright.

The centre is organising a Christmas giving tree, and all of the toys will head to the Bunya Child Care Centre in the Blue Mountains, a place that holds a special connection for Educational Leader Janelle Grory.

"I grew up in the area in the Blue Mountains, and my best friend almost lost her house in the recent fires," Mrs Grory said.

"It's been a really harrowing time for them down there."

The childcare centre in Winmalee was evacuated twice during the recent bushfire, and almost 400 homes were damaged or destroyed in the devastating fires in October.

The centre wanted to share some of the Clarence Valley spirit to help a fellow person in need, so decided to donate their gifts to the children of the Blue Mountains' centre, Mrs Grory said.

Many of the recipients have no houses to go back to.

Families from the centre as well as members of the community are being asked to find a little something in their Christmas shopping and add one gift to the tree.

"We've had a fantastic response already," Mrs Grory said.

"One family has brought in two full-size bikes and some ride-on bikes.

"Every gift will make a difference to these families in need."

The centre is also looking for a way to transport the gifts to the Bunya Child Care Centre and anyone able to help is asked to contact the centre.



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