Commonwealth Bank staff play Santa

Commonwealth Bank staff Debbie Minns, Megan Watters and Mandie Ramma with the mountain of gifts for local families.
Commonwealth Bank staff Debbie Minns, Megan Watters and Mandie Ramma with the mountain of gifts for local families.

It’s better to give than to receive, or so they say, and that adage is holding true for staff at Tenterfield Commonwealth Bank who got great satisfaction from organising a major gift-giving project.

Tenterfield Social Development Committee representatives have the happy task of working out who will be on the receiving end of that project, with around 10 local disadvantaged families finding a little extra under the tree come Christmas morning.

Bank branch manager Debbie Minns said this year the Commonwealth Bank gave $500 to each branch and left it to staff’s full discretion as to how they would use the money to brighten up as many Christmasses as they saw fit.

“We could spend it on gifts or donations, and we decided to buy presents,” Mrs Minns said.

She said they had a great time shopping for the goodies at Target, where their mission was well-supported by staff there.

The result was a pile of new dolls, remote-control cars, games, sporting equipment and more, which were carefully wrapped and gift-tagged back in the office.

The gifts will be despatched to their recipients on Thursday, in plenty of time to get under the Christmas tree by Monday morning, if they can wait that long.

Mrs Minns said she’d love to be a fly on the wall to see the looks of delight on the children’s faces when they open their gifts.

“Imagine opening a present and finding a remote-control car that you weren’t expecting.”

As far as she’s aware this is the first year the bank has undertaken such a project, and she thinks it’s a brilliant idea.

“And we’d like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and happy new year,” she said.

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