Charleville Neighbourhood Centre staff will head off today to deliver Christmas gifts to those most in need, after having a very successful present drive over the last 6 weeks.
The gifts will go a long way in spreading Christmas cheer to drought affected people all around the region, with visits planned to Toompine, Adavale, Quilpie, Augathella, Morven, Eulo, Charleville, Cunnamulla, and anywhere else the gifts are needed.
“They’ll go out to anyone that we know of that could do with a little bit of a hand,
“For example, the Toompine pub is holding a Christmas dinner for everyone- so we’ll be giving some gifts to the pub for them to give out,” says Emma Liston, Rural Support Worker at the Neighbourhood Centre.
The presents are all marked, indicating whether they’re for a male or female, boys and girls, and what ages the gifts are best suited to.
The Neighbourhood Centre has been feeling overwhelmed by the amount of support they have received.
“The presents have come from far and wide, everywhere. Lots of in town community involvement which is great to see and we honestly didn’t think we’d get this many presents,”
“We’ve had a few people from away, who have come out on tourist trips and said that they didn’t spend all their money, so they bought presents and dropped them in,” says Emma.
“We are really thankful here at the Neighbourhood Centre that we can actually pass these presents on to the families and see the looks on their faces when they receive it,
“And the families that we have gifted these presents to so far have been so grateful,” she says.
The Neighbourhood Centre staff would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who thought of those doing it tough this Christmas, and donated presents.