When Logan kids are mentioned that they need a boost of happiness people step up and in December last year Rebecca Cobbing from The White House of Waterford did just that.

Together with Bethania resident and SES volunteer Les Hoppe, the 2020 Logan Children’s Christmas Drive was created for locals of Logan and patrons of the restaurant to leave gifts under the Christmas tree for them to be taken to the kids in the children’s ward at Logan Hospital.

Les Hoppe dropping gifts off before Christmas

The White House of Waterford also ran a Community Cocktails event where one dollar from every drink sold would be used to buy more gifts for the drive.

Ms Cobbing said thank you to all that helped and donated.

“The customers did all the hard work with bringing gifts and buying cocktails.”

The gifts were collected by Mr Hoppe and delivered to the nurses from the children’s unit.

Mr Hoppe said the nurses pack up bundles and leave them on their beds on Christmas morning and the home care nurses take out bags to the palliative care and external patients.

“The White House has been assisting us every year in being a collection point and supporter of the Children’s ward.

Rebecca Copping and Les Hoppe at The White House of Waterford

“They are always the first people to offer assistance that has been very much appreciated over the years.

“The good thing is that with the assistance of The White House restaurant we have been able to provide more exposure for support for our Logan Children’s Ward and families not, just at Christmas but during the year.

“There is a continued need for gifts and activities for our children and families when in care.

“In the past, gifts have been provided by the nurses themselves that’s not covered by government or other support.

“Coles Waterford and Bethania Early Learning Centre collections were dropped off to the Children’s Ward as well.”

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