BENDIGO'S St Paul's Cathedral has re-opened its annual Combined Charities Christmas Shop following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
The Christmas Shop is a volunteer-run initiative that sells cards, decorations, and small gifts to raise funds for charities like Kids with Cancer and the Lions Club International.
Very Reverend Elizabeth Dyke said the opening of the store marked another step towards the cathedral's activities returning to normal.
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"This Christmas will be particularly significant for many Australian families who have experienced social, emotional, and financial hardship during the pandemic," Dean Elizabeth said.
"The simple of act of giving a card or small gift to loved ones in these difficult times will be most profound."
Dean Elizabeth said St Paul's had been working to support the community since the coronavirus pandemic started in March.
"We have conducted many weekly social group meetings via Zoom and have electronically recorded services, which are posted on our website and Facebook page, and delivered as DVDs direct to parishioners without internet access," she said.
"We are grateful to Jobkeeper for support for our Karen Community Worker and have obtained a grant through Fosterville Gold to develop their youth soccer program.
"We have also been active in promoting community fundraising campaigns such as the Gippsland Bushfire Appeal."
The St Paul's Cathedral Christmas Shop is located in the cathedral hall in Myers Street. It will operate from 10am-4pm on Fridays and from 10am-1pm on Saturdays.
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