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Christmas comes early for MercyCare's foster kids

Sixty Perth foster children received some extra Christmas cheer in the lead up to the festive season – thanks to office product specialists Staples.

Children from MercyCare Fostering Services were presented with overnight bags donated by Staples and packed full of practical goodies including paint, textas, coloured pencils, notepads, art sketchbooks and highlighters.

Co-ordinator of MercyCare Fostering Services, Jessica Brewer, said the donation from Staples was a special gift that was truly in the spirit of Christmas.

“Stationary and art supplies are so important for children’s continuous learning, writing, language development and also creativity,” she said.

“We are genuinely delighted that Staples has contributed such meaningful gifts to these youngsters who are unable to live with their families and have faced challenges at a very young age, gestures like this really do help to make a difference and we are particularly pleased that the children will be able to use these gifts at school next year, as well as over the holidays.”

MercyCare Fostering Services provide medium to long-term and respite care to children who need care and support in a stable and comfortable environment.

For more information about becoming a foster carer, visit the foster care page, phone 9442 3444 or email

The service also recruits and trains West Australians to become foster carers for children aged 0-17 years old in the Perth metropolitan area, and each child and carer is provided with the support of an individual caseworker.