As Christmas approaches, spare a thought for those who may not have a home, or are struggling to buy food and pay bills, and therefore unable to buy toys for their children at Christmas. 
 
The Rotary Berwick & District Benevolent Society gets busy at this time of year, arranging the placement of ‘collection cages’ at a number of schools, colleges and supermarkets in the Casey area.
 
The schools and colleges organise the collection of non-perishable food and toys from their students and staff.  Those involved in this year’s collection include Berwick College, Berwick Grammar School, Beaconhills College, Haileybury College, Kambrya College, St Margaret’s School and Timbarra P-9.
 
In addition, members of the public contribute generously to the Christmas collection by placing their donations in cages located at Berwick Market Square and Eden Rise Shopping Centres.
 
The donations of food and toys are collected regularly and taken to Casey North Community Information Support Service (CNCISS) in Narre Warren. CNCISS then sort out the donations and assemble hampers and food parcels for distribution to those members of the local community in need of support at this festive time.  Recipients include victims of domestic violence, the socially disadvantaged and those who may be homeless.
 
The Rotary Berwick & District Benevolent Society is a community project of the Rotary Club of Berwick, providing an example of how Rotary can assist the community by enriching the Christmas experience for those in need.