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Sep 26, 2019

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Wooloowin’s youngest residents are helping families in need this Christmas, as part of Wesley Mission Queensland’s annual Red Bag Appeal.

Nominee of The Three Peas Creche in Wooloowin, Leesa Mallett said the centre has been involved with the Wesley Mission Queensland Red Bag Appeal for five years.

“We believe it’s important to teach the children that Christmas is about giving, that it’s not always about asking Santa for gifts,” she said.

“It’s a beautiful life lesson to teach the children to give back at this time of year and they understand the concept well as they can go and shop for items with their parents and physically fill the bags. The families really support the appeal and we collect more than 50 each year.”

Paul Reis, General Manager of Fundraising at Wesley Mission Queensland, said the aim was to fill 5000 Red Bags for low income families across the state’s south-east.

“The need in our community has never been greater,” Mr Reis said.

“Families who are just making ends meet may not be able to afford Christmas food or presents for the kids.

“This is our fifth year doing the appeal and we are always overwhelmed by the generosity of the Brisbane community and our business supporters.”

The Red Bag Christmas Appeal runs until 29 November.

Red Bags are available from National Storage facilities in Capalaba, Fortitude Valley, Kedron, Mt Gravatt, Oxley, Yatala, Rothwell and Milton.

Red Bags can be filled with grocery items such as non-perishable food items, chocolates, biscuits and sweets, along with toiletries and toys for children aged 6-10 years.

People can also donate $50 to cover the cost of filling a Red Bag.

For more information visit redbagappeal.org.au

MEDIA CONTACT: Jessica Mewburn, Wesley Mission Queensland - 0437 581 289 or email [email protected]