Good Samaritans first to bring their yuletide gifts
IPSWICH business owners Rob Sayle and Graeme Creed have been the first to offer their help for this year's free Community Christmas Party.
Now in its 20th year, the party is organised as a way to help the poor and lonely enjoy Christmas dinner in a friendly and social environment.
Organised by cross-denominational Christian group Ipswich Awakening, the event is held annually at the St Paul's Anglican Church Hall, and attracts more than 200 people.
As the owner of Harvest Markets at Booval Fair, Mr Sayle has been donating fruit and vegetables to the cause for the past five years and will continue to support the day this year, with several hundred dollars worth of produce to be delivered to party organisers on Christmas Eve.
Fellow Booval Fair tenant Graeme Creed, who owns Pappa G's bakery, will chip in with a pile of rolls, pastries and other goodies to brighten up the festive season.
"It's Christmas, isn't it? That's what you do at this time of year," Mr Creed said.
"We will do what we can to help a good cause.
"There is always someone worse off than you."
Ipswich Awakening spokeswoman Lee-Anne Nelson said more support and donations were needed to ensure the community Christmas party was able to cater for a growing crowd.
"Last year, because of the floods, we had a phenomenal response - so much so that we actually ran out of space," she said.
"We had big families of up to 12 people showing up, as well as some older people who just wanted to spend the day in the company of others. For a lot of people, the community party has become a tradition."
Financial donations are gratefully accepted.
Contact the Ipswich Awakening office on 3812 1977, email email@example.com or post to PO Box 857, Booval, QLD 4304.
Donations can also be left at Country House at the Boulevarde, 17 Limestone St, Ipswich, Monday to Saturday.