How you can help South Burnett families this Christmas
IRIS Ferguson is looking forward to seeing faces light up as she gives out the gifts from this year's Target UnitingCare Christmas Appeal.
The event coordinator for the South Burnett said the recipients were grateful to receive the gifts.
"We get hugs and tears, it's lovely and very rewarding,” Ms Ferguson said.
Graham House Community Centre workers hand out the hampers and gifts donated to the appeal in the lead-up to Christmas Day each year.
"The children are so excited when they see a gift, even when they don't get to open it until Christmas Day, their faces just light up,” Ms Ferguson said.
Ms Ferguson is encouraging community members to dig deep and give to the appeal this Christmas.
All of the items donated in the South Burnett go straight back to the local community.
"Christmas is a special time, for love and joy and hope and forgiveness, and we want those disadvantaged families to experience what we can afford to have,” Ms Ferguson said.
The Christmas hampers put together for the appeal include everything a Christmas day lunch should have - the Christmas ham, cake, lollies and small gifts.
South Burnett hamper recipients range from families with someone struggling with an illness, to low-income families, drought-affected farmers, severe storm-affected families and the homeless.
South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell said the appeal was an opportunity for people to give.
"Christmas is a time where some people don't do it as happily as they may wish because of circumstances often beyond their control,” Cr Campbell said.
"This is a lovely opportunity for those who have so much, by comparison, to be able to share at Christmas time.”
People can contribute to the Christmas appeal by purchasing a bauble from Murgon Target Country's Christmas tree.
"Every cent they buy a bauble for goes locally,” Ms Ferguson said.
"If everybody who shops at Target buys one, over a month it'll add up.”
Murgon Target Country assistant manager Emma Schneider said people could also donate gifts to the appeal.
"Please drop into Target and donate, everything goes to those needy families,” she said.
If anyone knows any South Burnett families who are in need this Christmas, and would benefit from the appeal, contact Graham House on 4169 8400.