Coronis has once again jumped on board to support The Smith Family’s Toy and Book Appeal which aims to spread the joy of opening gifts on Christmas morning to children from disadvantaged families.
Coronis’ Property Management Director Jodi Ford said throughout the month of November they put a call out to all their clients and the team across 24 offices to help collect 1000 toys and books for The Smith Family.
“This is what it is all about for us, giving back to the community that supported us throughout the years,” Ms Ford said.
“This cause means so much to us, so we wanted to bring our family together to help spread the joy of this wonderful season.
“It is heartbreaking not to be able to give a gift to a child on Christmas, and we did everything in our power to give back what we can.”
The Smith Family’s Queensland General Manager, Alan Le May, said the charity was founded at Christmas time in 1922 by five businessmen who, aware of the extent of poverty in their communities, gave gifts to boys at a local orphanage.
Each year The Smith Family continues the tradition through its Toy and Book Appeal.
“While the focus of our work today is firmly on helping children by supporting their education year-round, it’s still a priority for us to see them included at Christmas and receiving a gift,” Mr Le May said.
“So this Christmas, the best gift you can give is to change the course of a child’s life by helping us to support them.”
Mr Le May added that the charity also hopes to raise $600,000 in Queensland, which equates to helping more than 1400 students by providing essential learning support and mentoring programs to help them catch up, and keep up, at school, so they can go on to break the cycle of disadvantage.