Adopt-a-Family a huge success
THE need may be great, but locals have risen to the challenge with more than $100,000 worth of food and gifts donated to The Queensland Times Adopt-a-Family for Christmas appeal.
QT Adopt-a-Family appeal co-ordinator Bernadette Mohr said as of the official close of the appeal on Friday, 432 hampers valued at about $108,000 had been put together for distribution through Ipswich charities.
“Looking at the hampers as they arrive shows the thought and generosity that is given so freely to needy families in our community,” Ms Mohr said.
She said with rising water, electricity and rental bills pushing many families to the financial brink, demand for assistance this year was greater than ever.
She said 17 welfare agencies from an area bordered by Laidley, Goodna and Springfield had nominated 305 families who needed assistance, with additional hampers to be distributed through Harvest Rain Christian Care.
“It is not so much redundancies now, it is people struggling to keep up with the costs of living and finding it hard to meet their commitments,” Ms Mohr said.
She said this year the appeal had been assisted by organisations such as retail chain Millers Fashion Club, who donated a variety of children’s toys, and Borallon Correctional Centre who had adopted 11 families.
Local businesses such as Bremer Ford also came on board, with the dealership donating a $250 food hamper for every vehicle sold between November 1 and December 18.
The Mayoress’ Community Support Committee donated $1000 to buy food.
Reading Cinemas Redbank also lent their support.