City Santa gives to Bush Kids
Taking Santa out of the city and into the bush has proved to be a real eye-opener for staff from Ray White Real Estate in the leafy Sydney suburb of Mosman.
They chose to support kids in the bush this Christmas, recognising the reality of the drought in what has been an extremely tough year for farmers.
Margie Knaap from Ray White said that they were aware that due to tight budgets, many parents would struggle to keep the magic of Christmas alive for their kids.
“We created the Santa for the Bush initiative to make sure that Santa visits as many kids in rural areas this year as possible and we collected between 1500 and 2000 gifts which we were able to bring out with us on this trip,” Margie said.
They loaded up their Santa truck and six cars, starting out from Sydney on Monday delivering to schools along the way. On Tuesday they delivered Christmas cheer to some very excited kids at Black Mountain, Guyra, Bald Blair, Ebor and Chandler schools.
“We have been so overwhelmed by the reactions and it has been beautiful to be so well received,” Margie said. “While we are having a lovely time it has also been very emotional and there has been a few tears along the way.”
“For us, seeing the drought first hand has been very, very confronting,” she said. “Doing this initiative makes us realise how awful it really is and it has been a real eye-opener for us city slickers.”
“It has also been uplifting to hear some amazing stories about how communities cope and we hope what we are doing will go some way to lifting spirits and letting the kids know they are not forgotten.”