Special joy for needy families
MORE than 400 people are set to have a happier Christmas thanks to the Westlife Church annual Christmas appeal.
Westlife Church community care co-ordinator Cathy Beauchamp praised the generosity of local people after more than $5000 worth of food and gifts were donated to the Yes We Can Christmas Food Hamper Appeal.
Mrs Beauchamp said the donations meant close to 150 food hampers would be made up for an estimated 126 families from Springfield through to Ipswich, about 100 of which will also receive presents.
She said families had been nominated through different welfare agencies, Orion Springfield customer service and by individual community members.
Mrs Beauchamp said the appeal target was close to double that of last year, with rising costs of living such as electricity and rent pushing many to the financial brink.
“There are a lot of people in need who need assistance,” Mrs Beauchamp said.
“They can get through day to day, but Christmas is a struggle.
“This year we are seeing not just single families but couples with families who are struggling.”
She said community support this year had been “phenomenal”.
“The quantity and quality this year is off the radar,” Mrs Beauchamp said.
“Christmas for a lot of people is the time of year for giving; it is what Christmas is all about for them.
“They feel good knowing they have made a difference in people’s lives.”
The hampers and gifts will be distributed throughout the week.