Toys and hamper items wanted at Copa

Last year’s event

For more than 15 years, residents of Copacabana have shown up in droves to support the Salvation Army’s Christmas appeal and give a helping hand to some “not so lucky” families as the festive season approaches.

Every year, in all kinds of weather, residents and visitors turn up to the local medical centre with toys and food.

This year’s collection will take place on Saturday, December 18, and Sunday, December 19, from 10am-2pm.

New toys and items for Christmas hampers are especially welcome, but due to COVID-19, no second-hand goods can be accepted.

Organised once again by the Navy Veterans’ Welfare Association of NSW, the event will take place in front of the Copacabana Medical Centre on both days of the weekend.

Meanwhile, strong winds and heavy rain didn’t stop Santa from making his annual visit to the beachside suburb on December 11.

“Out of nowhere a miracle happened and the sky turned blue, the wind abated, and Santa began his sleigh ride down from Vista Ave,” spokesperson Roque Hammal said.

“True to the form, children ran from their houses to send Santa on his way.

“At the flagpole lawn he was greeted by many happy people ranging from grandparents to grandchildren.

“Many goodies were dispensed in typical Aussie style before Santa made his merry way to the local shops of the beach front with every business receiving gifts for the owners and their staff.

“Santa began his journey with a bag containing 300 bags of lollies and wrapped gifts galore, courtesy of the Navy Veterans’ Welfare Association.

“By the time he had completed his visit to several older citizens his bag was empty and he headed back to the North Pole.”

Media release, Dec 15
Navy Welfare Association of NSW