Esperance Care Services receive donation to fill Christmas hampers

Community spirit: Smith Shearer administrator Trish Timms, Esperance Care Services volunteer manager Mark Kenneally and chief executive officer Chris Meyer. Photo: Sarah Makse.
Community spirit: Smith Shearer administrator Trish Timms, Esperance Care Services volunteer manager Mark Kenneally and chief executive officer Chris Meyer. Photo: Sarah Makse.

Ahead of the festive season, Esperance Care Services has received a generous food donation to support families in need.

Local accounting firm, Smith Shearer delivered baskets filled with essential items on November 22, to help the organisation fill Christmas hampers to distribute to families across Esperance.

Esperance Care Services provides emergency relief and support to families experiencing hardship, the organisation helped 96 families in October, 2019.

Esperance Care Services chief executive officer Chris Meyer thanked Smith Shearer staff for their donation and said he hoped the generosity would be contagious.

"It means more people can eat better at Christmas," he said.

"We source a lot of our food from Foodbank in Perth and Foodbank at the moment is really struggling to supply all that we need, and sometimes we have to wait.

"We have an extra demand at Christmas time, we will turn this donation into a number of hampers and it will feed a number of families."

Mr Meyer said the organisation supported the community in a number of ways, such as helping people escaping family and domestic violence to establish a new home.

"We provide food vouchers to a local supermarket, food hampers and other assistance, occasionally rent assistance or we may help out with a bill," he said.

"We have access to all the secondhand donations that come in and if need be we can refurnish a whole house from top to bottom."

Smith Shearer administrator Trish Timms said staff hoped their donation would inspire other local businesses to pay it forward.

"We knew that hampers are made up for the Christmas period and we didn't want those in need to go without, this isn't just over the Christmas period but anytime of the year, however, the festive season does hit the hardest," Ms Timms said.

Esperance Care Services encouraged anyone wanting to support people in need this Christmas to place non-perishable items in donation bins at Esperance Woolworths and Esperance Super IGA, or visit them on Gilpin Street.