Boost in a big basket
IT HAS been more than 10 months since the floods, but Joanne Robertson is still giving out food hampers to Ipswich families in need.
Ms Robertson is director of the charity Emergency Assist, which has been supporting flood victims since May.
"I've actually stopped working and been working on it full time from mid-July," Ms Robertson said.
"There's so many people that still need a lot of help."
Ms Robertson delivers hampers every fortnight and said the charity was still getting more people asking for help.
"We got four new registrations on Friday," she said.
The hampers help relieve the financial strain for locals struggling to pay rent as they rebuild their flood damaged homes.
"They're very appreciative - they find that it helps them a lot," Ms Robertson said.
Therese McHugh is one of the flood victims the charity has been helping. Her Ipswich house was destroyed in the floods, but she is finally about to move home.
"I'd love to be back by Christmas," Ms McHugh said. "Certainly I'd be hoping to move back before next year."
She said the fortnightly hampers had helped her enormously.
"I've been able to save up my money for the house instead," she said.
Emergency Assist also helped Ms McHugh with rebuilding by providing two showers.
"And Joanne and another volunteer came around and moved my lawn," she said.
"She also organised a handyman to help me out, which has been amazingly helpful."
Ms McHugh said people like Ms Robertson were worth their weight in gold.
"Without people like Joanne, we would have been sunk on many levels," she said.
Emergency Assist will be giving out special hampers with wrapping and Christmas food in the coming weeks.
Emergency Assist offers support Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Somerset region and Brisbane.
For more information visit www.emergencyassist.org.