Spreading Christmas joy with baubles and glitter
Decorating the family Christmas tree is a cherished tradition for Kathy, a Mission Australia support worker in North West Tasmania. Every year, Kathy makes it her mission to help other children experience the same joyful tradition.
Christmas is a time to spend with loved ones. I have wonderful memories of my family’s handmade decorations over the past 25 years, says Kathy. Every child should experience the joy of Christmas.
For eight years, Kathy has served vulnerable families at our Integrated Family Support Services, a program that promotes the safety and wellbeing of at-risk children by supporting families facing issues relating to domestic and family violence, mental health and more.
But when the festive season approaches, Kathy transforms into the ‘Christmas Bauble Queen’.
Setting up a table with colourful pots of glitter, she volunteers to decorate baubles for vulnerable children and their families.
The most popular requests are baubles with names of family members and pets.
Sometimes, we would easily decorate over 50 baubles, says Kathy, Mission Australia support worker.
The excitement of the children’s faces is priceless when they see their names appear in glitter on the baubles.
In addition to decorative baubles for the family tree, staff at the Integrated Family Support Services in Tasmania provide food hampers and toys to families in need.
Every little bit helps and even a small donation makes a huge difference in a child’s life and can give families the opportunity to enjoy an amazing meal on the day, says Kathy, Mission Australia support worker.
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