The Geelong Giving Tree.

Terri had been caring for her father who, sadly, had terminal cancer. She was also caring for her teenage brother and her two small children. That meant she wasn’t able to work, but that doesn’t stop the bills from piling up.

They were on the verge of homelessness when Bethany Community Support started supporting her family with housing.

The Geelong Giving Tree Appeal provided Terri a huge relief that Christmas. She couldn’t have been more grateful for the gifts her two children received.

“I’m grateful and thankful to the community who made my kids smile. They were so happy with their gifts, and it gave me a huge relief that I didn’t have to stress about Christmas.”

It’s thanks to the Geelong community that families like Terri’s don’t miss out over Christmas. So many families are doing it tougher than ever this Christmas. Please donate to the Geelong Giving Tree Appeal until Tuesday December 1:

For the first time in 20 years, they’re asking people to donate funds, not gifts, to the Geelong Giving Tree Appeal to keep everyone COVID safe.

Those in need, nominated through local community support agencies, will receive gift cards to buy Christmas presents they would otherwise be unable to afford.

The Geelong Giving Tree Appeal is run by @BethanyGroup, in collaboration with @bay939, @BCYFGeelong, and @safvcentre.

Photo is a stock image to maintain Terri’s privacy.