More than 60 Bathurst children and young people will spend this Christmas in Foster Care and local community organisation, Veritas House is calling on local residents and businesses to help bring some Christmas cheer to these special children.

“Children and young people enter into foster care for a myriad of reasons, but generally they have experienced a degree of trauma, neglect and abuse that required intervention and removal for their own safety and well-being,” explained Veritas House CEO, Jody Pearce. “Veritas House Foster Carers in Bathurst provide a secure, safe and supportive home environment to these children and young people, but there is no doubt that Christmas can still be a tough time.

“We are hoping Bathurst residents and businesses will assist us to bring some joy into the lives of these special children this Christmas by donating an unwrapped gift, or making a donation towards our party on December 22, so that we can make it a special day the children and our carers will truly remember.”

Veritas House is asking local residents to donate an unwrapped gift and drop it off at their offices at 106-108 Russell Street Bathurst before Friday, December 9. Alternatively, businesses interested in donating food or making a financial contribution towards the Christmas party can contact Jordana Kissell on 6332 3882.

Veritas House is a not-for-profit organisation that was established in Bathurst more than 30 years ago and has grown to become one of the largest providers of foster care and youth homelessness services in the region, supporting more than 300 children and young people each year.

Veritas House Foster Carers open their homes and hearts and assist children and young people in foster care by providing homes with nurturing environments, that allows these children and young people to feel comfortable and supported so they can grow and develop in a happy and healthy way.

Department of Education staff in Bathurst generously supported the 2016 Veritas Xmas appeal. DEC staff (L-R) Peter Cole, Karyn Whalan and Roberta Lawson present their gifts to Veritas House Case Worker, Katon Crawford.
Department of Education staff in Bathurst generously supported the 2016 Veritas Xmas appeal. DEC staff (L-R) Peter Cole, Karyn Whalan and Roberta Lawson present their gifts to Veritas House Case Worker, Katon Crawford.

bps2-2(L-R) Veritas Case Worker, Jordana Kissell accepts donations to the Xmas Gift Appeal from Bathurst Public School students Aislinn McBurney and James Hillsdon.