Brunswick Valley VIEW Club President Margaret Alderton (right) handed over a large Christmas hamper and dozens of hand-knitted items to Anne Thompson, organiser of the North Coast Drought Appeal.
Brunswick Valley VIEW Club President Margaret Alderton (right) handed over a large Christmas hamper and dozens of hand-knitted items to Anne Thompson, organiser of the North Coast Drought Appeal.

VIEW club digs deep for farmers

A large Christmas hamper and dozens of hand-knitted items have been given to the North Coast Drought Appeal by the Brunswick Valley VIEW Club.

President Margaret Alderton presented the hamper, containing Christmas cake, pudding, ham and dozens of other food items, to the organiser of the appeal, Anne Thompson.

A large part of the gift from VIEW Club members were 118 knitted items, including teddy bears, jumpers, socks, vests, beanies and rugs.

"The hamper looks fantastic - there’s a lot of Christmas fare in there, to go to a big family, " Mrs Thompson said.

She thanked the VIEW Club for its generosity.

Hundreds of hampers are being packed at Eltham in the Food for Farmers appeal, co-ordinated by Mrs Thompson.

Most hampers are going to the south-west of NSW, to West Wyalong, Broken Hill, Deniliquin, even as far as Tibooburra, where some farmers have had no harvest for four years, causing severe depression and despair for the families.

Mrs Alderton said the VIEW Club wanted to bring some Christmas cheer to needy families and this was part of the club’s plan to assist families, in addition to sponsoring Learning for Life students through The Smith Family.

To add to knitted clothing done by members, a large parcel of items was received from Beryl Nicholls, a non-member, and these have been distributed to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, assistance to migrants and to the Salvation Army.

 VIEW (Voice, Interests and Education of Women) meets monthly in the Brunswick Valley for a luncheon meeting with a guest speaker.

 New members are welcome.

For information contact Margaret Alderton 6684 1802.

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