Staff from Raine and Horne Eatons Hill/Albany Creek are helping to ensure the needy have food to eat and presents to open on Christmas Day by supporting the Redcliffe Community Care Network’s annual Community Christmas Appeal.
They have been collecting non-perishable pantry staples, as well as treats, toys and gifts, which will be distributed by the network to struggling families and individuals on the Redcliffe Peninsula this December.
The Redcliffe Community Care Network is made up of several services including The Breakfast Club, The Salvation Army, Encircle, Redcliffe Uniting Church, City of Moreton Bay, Band of Brothers, Redcliffe Mums Inc, Emerge Church and Peace Christian Church.
Raine and Horne Eatons Hill/Albany Creek principal Bonnie Worth says she is pleased her team can contribute to the worthy cause.
“We decided to help The Breakfast Club because of all the incredible work they do,” Bonnie says.
“I live on the Peninsula and I hear the amazing things they do to help people on a regular basis, from feeding the needy in their hall to going out in their truck and giving food to the homeless.
“They are an organisation I have wanted to help for a long time, so I thought supporting their Christmas appeal would be the best way to do that.”
In addition to Bonnie’s co-workers collecting items, members of the public have also been dropping off goodies.
“We sent out an email to everyone in our database to let them know about the appeal, and I also chatted to the other businesses around us,” Bonnie says.
“It’s always nice when we see people come in with a bag full of food because they didn’t call us to say they were coming in, so we have enjoyed a few surprises like that.
“We even had someone donate some lunch boxes so the kids have these when school returns, which is a very practical donation they can use for a long time.
“Everybody who has helped us has been so generous.”
With the appeal wrapping up in just over two weeks, Bonnie says there is still time to donate.
“You don’t have to spend a whole heap of money for the appeal – you can simply open up your pantry and see what spare items you can give,” Bonnie says.
“People are more than welcome to drop off items in our office, or phone us and we can go and pick it up for you.
“Then we will take everything down to The Breakfast Club in time for them to start packing the hampers.
“It’s important we all dig deep because everything they receive will make a huge difference to families and individuals who are struggling.”
Raine and Horne Eatons Hill/Albany Creek is at Unit 37/302 S Pine Rd, Brendale.
For more information, phone 0434 862 887.
How you can help
There is still time to support the Redcliffe Community Care Network’s annual Community Christmas Appeal.
Food donations can be dropped off at The Breakfast Club (34 Cornelius St, Clontarf) every Tuesday and Thursday between 9am-1.30pm, as well as on Sundays from 3-5pm.
Toy donations can be taken to The Salvation Army (64-72 Ashmole Rd, Kippa-Ring) every Tuesday and Friday between 9am-12pm.
All donations need to be dropped off before Wednesday, December 13.
Read more about the appeal here.