SO MUCH TO GIVE: Jim Bennett from the South Burnett Pantry says the number of families asking for help over the festive season has increased considerably.
SO MUCH TO GIVE: Jim Bennett from the South Burnett Pantry says the number of families asking for help over the festive season has increased considerably. Michael Nolan

Helping hand of charities extended

DEMAND for food aid this festive season has increased on last year.

Jim Bennett from South Burnett Pantry said the number of families claiming hampers had ballooned.

"All I can say is the need is obviously getting greater, our numbers on a weekly basis have gone right up,” Mr Bennett said.

"Normally we'd do 80 hampers on a Friday, but we haven't been below 100 the last three months.

"We gave away 220 last Friday.”

The bulk of South Burnett Pantry's food aid comes from church donations.

About 60kg of food was collected by followers of the South Burnett Ministry's Church in the Market Place.

In Murgon, Graham House distributed 75 food hampers and 220 children's gifts.

Hampers were delivered to farmers, seniors living alone, the homeless and struggling families.

The donations exceeded what was required, so the remainder was given to the Uniting Care Women's Shelter in Cherbourg.

Iris Ferguson organised the Graham House drive and was blown away by the support.

"We found there have been more families reaching out for help this Christmas compared to last year,” Ms Ferguson said.

"The excitement on the faces of the children when we deliver the gifts is priceless.

"Thank you to the South Burnett community for helping us make this a magical Christmas for those in need.”

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