6 November 2023

Add an extra toy to your shopping list to bring joy to families in need

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Ryan Park and two women with toys.

Ryan Park with SAHSSI’s Business Development Manager Gillian Vickers and CEO Diana Manns. Photo: Supplied.

Tis the season to be giving, especially to families who are suffering from domestic violence and homelessness.

Keira MP Ryan Park has launched his 13th annual charity toy drive to help the work of the Supported Accommodation and Homelessness Services Shoalhaven Illawarra (SAHSSI).

Mr Park has held the toy drive every year since being elected to the NSW Parliament in 2011. SAHSSI will deliver the toys to women and families who are experiencing domestic violence and homelessness.

“Hundreds of families in Keira donate these toys every year and their continued generosity is something I am very proud of,” Mr Park said.

“When you’re heading out to do your Christmas shopping this year, please consider buying some extra toys and make this Christmas special for those who need it most.

“These simple acts of kindness can mean the world to vulnerable women and their children.”

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SAHSSI CEO Diane Manns said the festive season was particularly difficult for these families.

“Christmas can be an extremely difficult time of year for those who are impacted by domestic violence or are without stable accommodation,” Ms Manns said.

“During this difficult time, our families need more love and support than ever and this drive goes a long way to empowering parents and making Christmas special for their children.”

Donations of new and unwrapped gifts can be delivered to Mr Park’s electorate office at 263 Princes Hwy, Corrimal until Thursday 7 December.

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