Make a difference this Christmas

Published Wednesday, 7th December 2016

Mayor Frank Carbone and Rowena Tran with some gifts for the Giving Tree.

Open Libraries customers and residents can help make a difference this Christmas by donating to Christmas Giving Trees set up at each of the library branches.

Fairfield City Open Libraries and Fairfield Youth Advisory Committee member Rowena Tran are embracing inclusion of new refugees and migrants this holiday period by hosting a Christmas Giving Tree at each of the library branches.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said the aim of the Christmas Giving Tree was to give many new refugees and migrants settling in Fairfield City a memorable and meaningful Christmas.

“You can leave messages of support and Christmas cards as well as donate new toys, canned food items or other gifts as donations,” Mayor Carbone said.

“By participating in the Christmas Giving Tree you are contributing to making Christmas in Australia a positive experience for more than 3,500 new refugees and migrants who have settled in the area during the past 12 months."

Rowena Tran prompted this initiative and says it is a great way for the residents of Fairfield City to get together and show support for the new members of our community as they transition to Australia.

Fairfield Council will work with community organisation Parents Café – Fairfield Inc to distribute the donations to families of new refugees and migrants attending their Christmas party on Wednesday 28 December.

The Christmas Giving Tree is available at Bonnyrigg, Fairfield, Smithfield, Wetherill Park and Whitlam Libraries from 1 December to 21 December 2016.