Community spirit shines in Biloela this Christmas

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By Jen Gourley

Kindness. Generosity. Two incredibly important words. And if you walked inside the Biloela office of Anglicare CQ right now, you would see so many examples of our town’s kindness and generosity.

A few weeks ago, Anglicare put the call out for people to adopt local families and individuals who have been doing it tough this year, and the people of Biloela answered, providing hampers of goodies, gift cards, toys, groceries and more. Room after room in the Biloela office is filled with hampers all set to go to locals in need – with some ready for collection this afternoon.

Deb Vonhoff, Senior Administrator at Anglicare in Biloela, said having local businesses and community members adopt these families and individuals would make the world of difference to them.

“There’s a lot of singles that don’t have family. They’re on their own. And it’s just nice to get something and know that someone thought of them,” Deb (pictured) said.

“I’ve noticed the hampers have gifts in … They’re beautiful.  So, families have got something to give their kids and the single ones can open up something and just have some nice treats. For the ones that are doing it tough, it’s a big help financially. It’s lovely getting all this … but then to get all this food too, they might not have to shop for a fortnight and so that’s a bit of a financial assistance for them as well. Plus, they get gifts and the kids aren’t going to miss out on a present.”

The kind souls who adopted this year’s families included Banana Shire Council, Thangool State School, Biloela Library, Central Queensland Rural Health, Zonta Club of Biloela, Moore Australia, the mental health team at Biloela Hospital, and individual members from the Biloela community.

On behalf of Anglicare CQ, Deb expressed her thanks to all those who contributed food, gift cards and presents to the Adopt A Family campaign. For those who have been struggling, it’s going to make their Christmas a whole lot brighter.

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