The Macedon Ranges Gift Shop (MRGS) is back with a bang this festive season, with the volunteer-led initiative having raised $12,000 that will go straight back to assisting children most in-need.
Now in its 12th year, the MRGS has undergone a transformation to make sure it can continue to share its resources with the community.
Where previously a physical store was established for the community, now MRGS has created a gift card program, where users can purchase items at participating local traders.
Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health helps to find eligible children and then registers them as a recipient.
Gift cards are valued up to $10 and can be redeemed until January 31. Participating stores accept the cards and are then reimbursed with the money collected through the fundraiser.
MRGS team member Georgina Harvey said it was rewarding to be able to give back at this special time of year.
“This initiative supports our families that need help, but it also supports local businesses,” she said.
“Our community is just amazing, there’s so many opportunities to give back. Having this program that assists specific families is just so important, and people really appreciate being able to support their next door neighbour.”