Angels for the Forgotten and the BDCU Alliance bank partner for giving tree appeal until December 22.

For anyone who doesn’t know, Goulburn charity Angels for the Forgotten has a small cafe near the train station.

This is no ordinary cafe, it is a charity cafe, which means all proceeds go to people who are in need.

This giving season, as they did last year, the Angels have started up a giving tree, to which people can donate food or gifts that will be made into hampers for families in need.

Angels for the Forgotten president and cafe founder Melina Skidmore said that in 2016, “we managed to assist about 312 families around the Goulburn area with the giving tree.”

Melina Skidmore, (right) and Natasha Scutter standing by their giving tree in the cafe Angels for the Forgotten. Photo: Temia Humphries

Melina Skidmore, (right) and Natasha Scutter standing by their giving tree in the cafe Angels for the Forgotten. Photo: Temia Humphries

Ms Skidmore said her own experiences had inspired her to start the charity and open the cafe.

“As a child, I never had a good Christmas. I believe everyone deserves to have a good Christmas. Giving back to people is the true meaning of Christmas,” she said.

The BDCU Alliance bank is one of the giving tree’s major supporters and a gift collection point, while Goulburn-Mulwaree Library is collecting food donations.

Ms Skidmore said, “Not only do we do charity work around Christmas, we do it every day of the year. The proceeds can go towards the food bank and lots of other things.”

Everyone in the charity and cafe is a volunteer, she said, with 100 per cent of all the proceeds made going back to those in need of assistance.

People can donate to either of the two giving trees at the cafe on Sloane Street or at the BDCU Alliance bank on Auburn Street until December 22.