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Alannah brings Christmas smiles to struggling kids

16 December 2021

Alannah brings Christmas smiles to struggling kids

Alannah asked the local community to donate toys for children this Christmas. Her tally quickly reached more than 700. 

Words Simone Worthing

“I wanted to help kids and make sure they felt that someone loves them,” said Alannah, age 11. “I was sad about lockdowns but I have a mum and grandma who love me, and I wanted to help make other kids smile. So I thought of toys.”

Alannah, who with her grandma Elaine is part of Victoria’s Greensborough Salvos, was determined to make sure kids doing it tough had something special to open on Christmas Day. She decorated a big box with the help of her mum Briohny, and with great energy and enthusiasm told the local community about what she was doing and why. Alannah also made paper hearts to give to anyone who donated toys.

“My goal was 500 toys, but I ended up with more than 700,” she said, with a big smile. “Grandma’s lounge room was filled with toys; it wasn’t her lounge room anymore!”

Alannah gave the huge range of toys, which included LEGO, bikes, scooters, play kitchens, and teddy bears, to the Salvos to distribute through their networks.

“This is one of the most remarkable contributions I’ve experienced and is testament to the creativity, passion, and enthusiasm of young people,” said Captain Kris Halliday, Salvos officer (pastor) in Richmond, Victoria.

“These quality toys, packaged in sets and beautifully wrapped, will be given to kids from the Richmond housing estate, as well as others in Brunswick and Reservoir through Salvos teams there. After a most challenging two years for children, one young girl’s work and care for others will bring much-needed hope and joy to so many kids who are struggling.”

Alannah is looking forward to Christmas Day, knowing that disadvantaged kids will have a happier Christmas.

“To all children everywhere, have a merry Christmas. I love you, God loves you, and there will always be someone who cares.”


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