QT's appeal off to a flying start
THE QT phones have been ringing off the hook as charitable Ipswich residents come forward to support the Adopt-a-Family appeal.
Appeal co-ordinator Bernadette Mohr said just under half of the families listed on Monday had been sponsored within two days of the launch.
"We've had a terrific response. We had 136 families accepted by the end of the second day, which was wonderful.
"It is interesting to note that we have familiar people ring year in, year out. They know how much it means to the recipient to get the hamper. People keep coming back to us because they know the joy it brings," she said.
Ms Mohr said a number of families requiring emergency hampers had come forward since the list was first published.
"We've got about 35 requests for emergency hampers above the 300 and I'm expecting that to increase as Christmas time gets closer.
"They are families affected by the floods and people who have been displaced from one area of Ipswich."
Volunteers from the Compassion Connection Church have answered the phone calls from generous Ipswich residents.
"They will be with me for another four weeks, manning the phones, and once the appeal closes they will go to the shop with Pastor Gary Schultz and pack emergency hampers."
Ms Mohr is still looking for cash donations and any non-perishable foods to make up the emergency hampers.
Donations of non-perishable food can be dropped at the old Harvest Markets shop in the Ipswich Mall from November 21, and cash donations made at the QT in West Ipswich or mailed to PO Box 260, Ipswich 4305.
Cheques should be made payable to The QT Community Chest Trust, with all donations being fully tax deductible.
Families in need
Non-perishable food donations are needed for emergency hampers.
35 families affected by the floods are in need of a Christmas hamper.