Give the gift of joy this Christmas

By Liam Nash

“Support the local community in need.”

That is the message from Cobram Bendigo Bank staff member Kim Holt, who was urging people to bring in unwrapped gifts to the branch to be placed underneath the Christmas Giving Tree.

With Christmas supposed to be a time filled with light hearted joy and unity, those who are less fortunate can often be forgotten throughout the holiday period.

Starting in 2015, Cobram’s Bendigo Bank branch started its Christmas Giving Tree initiative with the aim to provide support to families in need during a time when they require it most.

In the past, community members (not just those who are customers of Bendigo Bank) have showed their support by donating toys, foodstuffs and other items to the cause which are then donated to a cause.

Gifts which have been donated to the branch will be given out today and tomorrow to families in need.