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Happy Easter at FFS

A donation of Easter goodies and general groceries came from 11 year old Penhros student Emma Playford who has taken the needs of others to heart.

Emma started her own ‘Buy One Extra’ campaign at her local IGA and Coles and got shoppers to buy an extra item for a family in need in the lead up to Easter.

Emma delivered over 260 food items such as canned veggies, pasta, rice and chocolate treats to UnitingCare West’s Family Foundation Service, which assists families experiencing homelessness, the day before Easter.

This is the third time Emma has organised a ‘Buy One Extra’ campaign at her local supermarkets in the last two years. She started at her local IGA and this year she also got her local Coles supermarket involved.

She finds it surprisingly easy to get people to buy an extra item for a good cause in store and is delighted she is able to help people this way.

Another donation of over 350 Easter eggs came from the Soroptimists of South Perth. Both generous donations allowed the families at Family Foundations to celebrate Easter in style.

The children and parents who attend UnitingCare West’s Family Foundation in East Perth are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness; they don’t have a permanent address to call home, might be couch surfing with family and friends, or they may have just come out of a vulnerable situation with the assistance of the centre and other services.

Things such as food hampers can make a huge difference and allow a family to cook a healthy meal and enjoy a luxury item such as chocolate treats in a period of financial stress.

The day before Easter the children played ‘pass the parcel’ and danced at the FFS centre. The families also enjoyed an Easter dinner of pasta, fish and fruit tarts for desert. A joyous Easter celebration it was indeed.