Brightening the season

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Team work: Jodie Harris and her team are mums who make a difference. Picture: Gary Sissons

Team work: Jodie Harris and her team are mums who make a difference. Picture: Gary Sissons

CHRISTMAS is looming and the tireless volunteers at Peninsula Mums for Families in Need are bracing themselves for high demand.

The charity service, established by mother-of-three Jodie Harris, makes Christmas special for disadvantaged people in the Frankston/Mornington Peninsula region.

In four years, demand for food, clothing and essential goods has grown to such an extent, the charity has been forced to find a new home and now works out of warehouse in Seaford that comes with a large rent bill each month.

The volunteers now wrap about 2000 presents and 300 food hampers for families in need every Christmas, which are then distributed by more than 65 charities and welfare agencies.

But Ms Harris, who is supported by a crew of volunteers, said donations were always needed, especially at Christmas.

Anyone wanting to help the charity or donate non-perishable food, items suitable for presents, and household essentials can find all the details at msfin.org.au

First published in the Mornington News – 13 December 2016

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