Locals encouraged to get behind Xmas hamper drive

Dan and Melanie with some of the donations that have already been made

Locals are being encouraged to support a hamper drive to help those less fortunate this festive season.

Ninderry MP Dan Purdie said his office is a drop off location for donations of non-perishable items as part of Urban Angels Christmas Hamper Appeal.

Mr Purdie said the hamper drive is being coordinated by local resident Melanie Ottaway, who has been raising funds for charities in the local area for a number of years.

“When Melanie asked for help to raise awareness for this Christmas hamper appeal, I was only too happy to help,” Mr Purdie said.

“She is always one of the first people to put their hand up to support our hard working charities, and at this time of year, the Christmas Hamper appeal is a great way for the wider community to get involved.”

“The gift of giving and being able to bring our community together in a time of crisis is beyond words,” Melanie said.

“I feel like I said the same thing last year, it’s been a rough few years on the Coast and we can all make a difference. You don’t need to go out and spend money, it can be an item you no longer need in the pantry. 

“It’s the thought that counts. If not me, then who?”

The Christmas Hamper Appeal is an initiative of Urban Angels, a local charity providing nutritious meals for people who need support in this way.

Nearly 200 volunteers and a small number of staff deliver on average around 13,000 meals a month.

In the lead up to Christmas, they will also be putting together roast dinners for as many people as possible.

Non-perishable items being requested include including canned soup and other meals, canned salmon and tuna, canned fruit, nut trail mixes and snacks, tea and coffee, long life milk and condiments and spreads.

Plum puddings, to go with the roast dinners, are also welcome.

Locals are being asked to drop in their donations as soon as possible, to give the volunteers plenty of time to put them together and distribute before Christmas

The donations can be dropped off to Dan’s office at 11 Heathfield Road, Coolum Beach, or directly to Urban Angels, at Unit 4, 27 Service Street, Maroochydore.



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