Gift of giving: Family’s golden deed to help the struggling
HOPING to deliver some Christmas cheer to someone in need, a local family-of-three are looking to donate a brand new tree and decorations.
Shanna Pearce and her two young children are proof that what may seem like a small gesture can have a huge impact on the world.
Working in a role where she supports others, the mother-of-two is no stranger to helping those in need or overcoming hardship herself.
"Being a single parent, we had a bit of a tough time ourselves, but everything has gotten back on track for us now, which has been really good," Ms Pearce said.
"I've seen it first-hand and a lot of people don't have many family, friends or much support in place to help them, but most years my children and I look for a way to help someone who is struggling, whether it's buying lots of toys to donate or helping the pets at RSPCA."
This year the kind-hearted family have decided to purchase a tree and donate it, along with decorations to someone who may be feeling lonely or blue this holiday season.
"I know it's not much, but we have a Christmas tree and some extra decorations so I thought maybe we could put it together for someone and it may help them out if they are struggling," Ms Pearce said.
"Christmas is a time when people should be celebrating and if they can't be around family, then at least this will make them smile."
The Bundy local said while it wasn't her intention, it would be incredible if the kind gesture encouraged others in the community to do the same.
"I think it's easy to get caught up and forget about those who are struggling, but even just taking the time to say hello to stranger or smiling at someone can make a huge difference," Ms Pearce said.
"I'm so grateful that I go home to my family and it would be really lovely if as a whole community we could all do something, even if it's donating something that hasn't been worn in a long time.
"So many people have touched base to help out or thank me and that's the true spirit of Christmas - I went to bed that night feeling really happy."
If you know anyone who may be struggling or will be alone this Christmas and may enjoy the donation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org