While most people will be enjoying food and good company on Christmas Day, spare a thought for some of Goulburn's more vulnerable families.
The Lions Club of Goulburn have again stepped up this festive season to assist those who need it most through their hamper drive.
Worth around $5500 in total, the hampers consist of essentials as well as Christmas goodies like ham and fruit cakes.
The hampers were distributed to Anglicare, the Salvation Army, Can Assist and Vinnies after being assembled by Woolworths Goulburn for the Lions Club on Thursday.
Anglicare case manager Maryanne Carver said the hampers were critical after a year that had pushed many struggling people to the edge.
"We're really grateful for the work Lions do," she told The Post.
"COVID has seen an increase in people struggling so needs are higher but we've seen less donations, as have the Salvos. We were very reliant and grateful for the Lions Club.
"Some of these families just have nothing, our refuge is full and we've got multiple families in motels right now where they'll be spending Christmas."
Lions volunteer Prue Rickard said they had tried to include more Christmas-themed treats this year, something that wasn't lost on the charities.
"This year we decided to put quite a few Christmas things in there alongside some basics. It makes a difference," Ms Rickard said.
"We have a lot of basics in our pantry at Anglicare, tins, cereal, rice but this is what puts a smile on people's faces," Ms Carver added.
"We really appreciate our Lions ladies. We have very happy families because of them."
If you would like to donate to Anglicare you can do so at their office at 130 Cowper Street, Goulburn.
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