In line with the holiday season, Hills Shire Council has seen its most successful Library Fine Amnesty and Mayor’s Christmas Appeal yet, Hills Shire Mayor Dr Peter Gangemi said on Friday, 22 December 2023.
He mentioned a total of 2196 donations for the annual Christmas Appeal, along with 167 overdue Library items returned.
The Council said it is one of the most successful. The oldest borrowed item returned was a book by Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, which was borrowed in October 2022.
The Christmas donations, which were composed of Christmas puddings, pasta, canned goods, long-life milk, teas and coffees, and more, were sent to Anglicare’s Mobile Community Pantry.
Last year’s Library Fine Amnesty and Christmas Appeal amassed 1483 non-perishable food items in exchange for 217 overdue Library books.
Dr Peter Gangemi, the Mayor of The Hills Shire, expressed his gratitude for the response.
“This appeal truly exemplifies the caring and compassionate nature of The Hills community. Together, we are making a difference,” the Mayor said.
“Anglicare’s Mobile Community Pantry has been greatly enriched by the outpouring of support from our local residents.”
“Thank you to everyone who participated,” Mayor Gangemi said.
“It’s great to see so many resources returned, which means others, in turn, can borrow them in the future.
“I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe holiday period.”