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Little Ray of Giving

Ray White’s Annie Manton (far left) and Ray Piper (far right) present the donated gifts to Tumut Regional Family Services’ Jessica Fayle and Alicia Jeffrey.

RAY White Tumut is standing by local families doing it tough this Christmas, and have been gathering gifts to make the festive season a little bit brighter.

Ray Piper and the team at Ray White Tumut have partnered with Tumut Regional Family Services this year to provide gifts to less fortunate locals through the national Little Ray of Giving gift drive.

“We’ve got a soft spot for families doing it tough. It’s so hard seeing kids who don’t get to see the joy of Christmas,” Ray White Tumut principal Ray Piper said.

Little Ray of Giving is a Ray White initiative that spans across all of Australia.

Since its inception in 2012, Ray White offices across the country get to choose a charity to donate to each year during the Christmas season.

This is the second year that the Tumut branch has participated, and Mr Piper said that there has been a huge increase in support from the local community.

“Here locally last year we collected gifts which were then distributed by Tumut Regional Family Services, and each local child received two gifts, which was fantastic.”

“This is year two of our involvement, and it’s definitely grown. It’s a lot bigger this year, and locals have been fantastic in their support.”

“We’ve had people who don’t even deal with us normally coming in to drop off gifts. It’s good to see the generosity of the local community.”

From its branches across the nation, Ray White received a total of 15,000 gifts for those in need this year.

174 bags of non-perishable food were collected, as well as $13,000 in cash donations.

The Tumut office presented their many donated gifts to Tumut Regional Family Services on Thursday, and the service will now distribute them to less fortunate local families before Christmas.

“It’s good that it stays local,” Mr Piper said.

“We hope that it will bring a bit of joy to the kids, but also to the parents.”