Welfare bodies struggle to fulfil their good work

Lenore Pack, seen here with Greg Pack.
Lenore Pack, seen here with Greg Pack. Rob Williams

IPSWICH welfare charities are struggling to keep up with requests for hampers as the Christmas period comes to an end.

The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul Society have provided more than 470 hampers to Ipswich families this festive season.

Salvation Army Captain Lenore Pack said they expected to help 400 families by Christmas Day.

"Some of them are clients that we know very well and others are people that try hard to make ends meet throughout the year," she said.

"Most people would prefer to do it on their own, but they realise for their children they need to come in and reach out for assistance.

We are really struggling right through the whole of Brisbane for gifts for children nine and over.

St Vincent de Paul's St Mary conference secretary, Owen Wildie, said food donations had fallen this year.

Mr Wildie said food was collected by Catholic schools around Ipswich and the cost of living had stretched the budget of families who donated the food.

"We were helping 20 families a week and this year we had just over 70 hampers made up," he said.

"Because we go to visit them in their own homes we gain their confidence.

"So when it comes to Christmas time if they want a hamper and we get them to fill out a form."

Toys can be given to the Salvation Army's Kmart Wishing Tree appeal.

Topics:  christmas hampers, salvation army, st vincent de paul society




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