Giving spirit alive and well in Griffith

THE Griffith Women's Refuge discovered that the spirit of giving is alive and well in Griffith.

Generous community members have donated more than 100 gifts to this year's The Area News giving tree.

Susan Bridgman from the refuge said it was gratifying to see such a good response.

"It's heart-warming to know that people are starting to understand what we do," she said.

"Unless you know someone who has used the refuge it's not easy to understand what we do.

"The families really appreciate any gifts and are often brought to tears when we arrive with them."

Mrs Bridgman said it wasn't just in-house clients who would benefit from the community's generosity.

"We offer a range of services, not just homeless accommodation and crisis accommodation," she said.

"These gifts won't just be given to clients in house, we also give to women who we know still need our ongoing support.

"They may have moved out and are getting their live son track with the help of the refuge.

"We can house anything up to 19 people and we have a full house at the moment. You never know how many you will have. I can go home on the Friday and there won't be anyone and then when I come back on Monday it's full."

The Area News manager Lyn Urquhart said she was overwhelmed by the response to this year's tree.

"I am pleased we have been able to do something to help a worthy cause," she said.

"I just hope these gifts kindly donated by members of the Griffith community bring a lot of cheer to the families who receive them."

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