Charity puts smiles on Bunbury children’s faces

Emily AceSouth Western Times
Tamzon Warner is able to treat her children Maddison, 7, and James, 6, with Christmas presents thanks to The Smith Family.
Camera IconTamzon Warner is able to treat her children Maddison, 7, and James, 6, with Christmas presents thanks to The Smith Family. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

Without help from The Smith Family, there would not be presents under the tree for Bunbury seven-year-old Maddison Warner and her six-year-old brother James to unwrap on Christmas morning.

Their mother Tamzon said the generosity of the charity and the people who give to the annual appeal “means so much to us”.

Tamzon works a casual job and her husband is unable to work, which makes it hard for the family to get by.

“We can barely get a couple of gifts for them every year,” she said.

“The Smith Family is amazing, I have been with them since Maddy was in pre-primary and they have just done so much.”

The charity also supplies Mrs Warner with money to pay for school supplies and uniforms.

“The Smith Family is absolutely amazing and that extra couple of hundred dollars just to get the kids what they need – clothes, shoes, bags and stuff like that,” she said.

“If you are struggling with money, you are on Centrelink and just can’t cope with school fees and book lists, definitely look up the Smith Family because they will do everything they can to help you.”

“They are incredible people and it is an amazing program.”

The organisation is calling on the community to donate new toys and books for the 25,000 children on its sponsorship program, including 94 children in Bunbury, delivered by volunteers in the lead-up to Christmas.

State manager Ian Moore said Christmas should be a special time for families but for children living in poverty, it was just another time they went without.

“Right now, there are 1.1 million young Australians growing up in poverty,” he said.

“Many are struggling daily with the effects of financial hardship brought on by accidents, illness or unemployment within the family.

“I’ve seen first hand over many years now the joy it brings to children who would otherwise be going without.

“We’re thrilled that so many generous Australians continue to get behind this effort to share their Christmas giving and help these children look forward to a better new year.”

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