Christmas cheer for families

Robert DoughertyNorth West Telegraph
BGC Contracting and Bloodwood Tree Association staff with some of the furniture collected. Photo: Robert Dougherty
Camera IconBGC Contracting and Bloodwood Tree Association staff with some of the furniture collected. Photo: Robert Dougherty Credit: Picture: Robert Dougherty

Port Hedland’s most vulnerable residents will be able to sleep soundly this Christmas after local companies decked the halls in a furniture donation drive.

More than 30 double beds and mattresses, around 30 fridges and side tables with 20 sets of sheets and towels were gathered as part of the Christmas collection by employees of Port Hedland’s BGC Contracting — later distributed by Bloodwood Tree Association.

BGCC local branch manager Jack Palmer said the furniture in good working order was a tangible way to make a real contribution to indigenous communities and help in their daily lives.

BTA chief executive Kelly Howlett said clients and the association were thrilled with the generous donation.

“Bloodwood Tree was approached by BGC to identify local clients in need that would benefit from a donation of a bed frame, mattress, bed side drawers, linen or bar fridge,” she said.

“BTA have 30 identified families that are considered vulnerable and at-risk within Port and South Hedland.”

“The transport assistance was also greatly appreciated for the items’ drop-off, as the majority of clients had no means to go and collect the items being donated.”

BGCC manager communities and diversity Sarah Eatough said the idea was driven by Port Hedland employees collecting and checking items to support the not-for-profit groups in the community. “Our people are conscious of their responsibilities to make a positive impact as part of the community,” she said.

“Our commitment to these regions goes beyond employment opportunities”.

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