TWENTY-month-old Nevada Garvey got an early Christmas present from Santa at The Tweed Hospital.
TWENTY-month-old Nevada Garvey got an early Christmas present from Santa at The Tweed Hospital. BLAINEY WOODHAM

Santa drops into hospital

SANTA came early to the patients in The Tweed Hospital’s children’s ward.

And he had sacks full of goodies thanks to Bunnings Warehouse at South Tweed Heads.

Nurse unit manager Lyn Strett said the gifts helped brighten up the day for 10 sick children yesterday morning.

“It’s lovely; just wonderful,” Ms Strett said.

She said the visit was a big surprise for the children and added they might get some more merry visitors on Christmas day.

“There are a lot of good people that come in over this period,” Ms Strett said.

“And other generous people bring presents in all year.”

Bunnings Warehouse activities organiser John McIntosh was one of Santa’s elves yesterday.

“We have given Bruce Bears to the 10 kids in here,” Mr McIntosh said.

“And 20 gift bags have been left in the ward for children that come in over the Christmas period.”

Mr McIntosh said the store does its best to give back to the Tweed community.

“Bunnings is a family store and we try to do everything within the community, with our weekend barbecues and donations,” he said.

“We are heavily involved with the community all year round.”

In fact, barbecues at Bunnings in South Tweed Heads are so popular with community groups the waiting list is more than a year-and-a-half long.

Throughout the past financial year Bunnings Warehouse helped raise funds and contributed more than 12 million dollars to various charities and community groups throughout Australia and New Zealand.



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