Christmas is a special time of year, and at Aspect we particularly love the festive season. We do, however, realise the holidays can be a difficult time for many, and in the spirit of Christmas giving, each year we partner with a local charity. We choose a charity where everyone can get involved through the collection of items for those less fortunate.
In October this year we announced to the Aspect community our 2017 charity partner ‘Blessing Bags’. And we were on a mission to collect 750 basic hygiene items.
Blessing Bags was founded in 2015 by then 18-year-old Laura Toole. The charity’s primary focus is to offer people in need (mainly the homeless and marginalised) with bags of essentials such as dental care and hygiene products. In just 2 years, the Blessing Bags team has distributed over 5,000 blessing bags to those in need.
With more than 22,500 homeless people across Victoria, we saw this is an extremely worthwhile cause, as did our community. The engagement with this drive has been overwhelming! We have had clients, suppliers, candidates, Aspect employees, Aspect family members and industry partners join us openly in this drive. Over the past 2 weeks the Aspect elves have taken our sleigh across Melbourne, and with the volume of items we received, we weren’t quite sure it would make it back.
This year we are proud to announce that through the power of our community we have successfully raised 4,980 items for Blessing Bags Melbourne (622 blessing bags!).
Thank you to everyone who got involved, we couldn’t have done it without you and we are so appreciative and proud of our community for this amazing achievement. We would like to send a huge thank you to those companies, friends and family members who got on board with the drive:
Basset Lobaza Architects
Bensons Property Group
On the 19th December 622 ‘Blessing Bags’ will be packaged up from our community contribution and directly distributed to homeless and less fortunate people around Melbourne.
Big change starts with a small difference, and we’re honoured to do our part this Christmas. But most of all, we’re proud of the Aspect community for joining our mission and championing this important cause with us.
If you are a local charity or know a local charity which you would like to recommend for next year, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Wishing everyone a safe and happy Christmas and New Year!