The past year has emphasised just how important it is to lend a helping hand to those individuals and families who have been affected more than some by the challenges 2020 has presented them with.
To embrace the spirit of giving back this Christmas season, Advanced Buildings partnered with two charity appeals that support different demographics in the Greater Sydney Community.
Prior to COVID, the St Vincent de Paul Society were able to run their Sydney Night Patrol service which consists of two vans, operating 7 nights a week to provide light meals and necessities such as toiletries, blankets, snacks and most importantly, companionship to individuals who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness in the Sydney CBD and surrounds.
However, this year the service has not been able to run as usual due to physical distancing and changing safety requirements.
Instead they have been relying on the greater community to support their work through donations of necessities that can be easily provided to those in need of this service, without compromising the health of anyone involved. They called these Snack Packs! Each Pack consisted of 5 individually packed snacks that are distributed in Martin Place, Sydney CBD, to around 300 individuals affected by homelessness and parents with children who do not have the recourses to feed their family.
Altogether, Advanced Buildings donated over 200 snack packs!
In keeping with the spirit of giving back, Kmart and the Salvation Army held the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal again this year! The appeal is Australia’s largest and longest running Christmas gift appeal, having raised more than 8 million gifts over the 33 years it has been running. In 2019 alone, the Appeal collected more than 220,000 gifts that were distributed by Salvation Army volunteers to those in need.
To get involved, team members purchased and donated a present which could be anything from back-to-school supplies, books, sporting equipment or arts and craft toys! For each toy donated by the team, Advanced Buildings matched it with a gift donation of their own.
The gifts were delivered to the Kmart store in Burwood Westfields on the 22nd of December, just in time for Christmas! The team had donated so many presents, Kmart had run out of room under their Wishing Tree Christmas Tree, they had to be stored in their back office!
Advanced Buildings would like to thank the team for showing their generosity and getting involved in two great appeals that will bring joy and happiness to those in need during this season.