Member for Keira, Ryan Park has expressed his sincere thanks to members of the community who have donated to his Christmas Toy Drive.
Mr Park has been collecting toys every Christmas since he was first elected in 2011, but this year, his toy drive has been bigger and better than ever, with local residents from across the Illawarra donating hundreds heartfelt gifts to his Corrimal Electorate Office.
Mr Park has been astounded by the generosity of community groups, as well, with Bowling Clubs, Lions Clubs and Football Clubs all banding together to donate toys and vouchers.
The toy drive collects for the Wollongong Homeless Hub, and SAHSSI.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Illawarra Ryan Park:
“I am so thankful to the Illawarra community for their generosity. I have been absolutely astounded by the gifts I have received. This community is great.
“This is one of the highlights of my job as Member for Keira.
“My office was absolutely full of toys. I am so humbled by what I have seen. This is what makes the Illawarra the best place in the country – we are a community that bands together for those less fortunate.
“This truly is the spirit of Christmas – good people looking out for each other. Once again, I tip my hat to the community.
“When you consider the terrible circumstances that these families have had to endure, often leaving everything to seek safety at the women’s refuge, you realise just how important these gifts truly are, and what a massive difference they make.