The Loads of Love Appeal aims to make Christmas just that little bit better for families doing it tough across the Darling Downs and Southern Queensland, by asking people from the region to
donate a bag filled with donations of non-perishable items like canned food, pasta, cereal, meal bases and toiletries.
Over its eleven year history, the Loads of Love Appeal has become a trusted way for thousands of Queenslanders to channel their generosity to those that need it most during the Christmas season.
With 2020 being a year like no other, the need for support in our community will be even greater.
Through the support of sponsors and the generosity of the public the appeal has collected and distributed more than 95,000 kilograms (approximately $420,000 worth) of food and thousands of dollars of grocery cards to more than 5,000 households across Southern Queensland.With a goal of collecting 30,000 kilograms of non-perishable food, the appeal aims to make Christmas that little bit better for families who are experiencing tough times.
Lifeline Darling Downs CEO, Derek Tuffield OAM, says that the charity is expecting more than 1,000 calls for support from people in the South West in November and December this year.
“Last year more than 25% of those receiving support had never contacted Lifeline Darling Downs before. Drought, fire and increased financial pressures are bringing more and more people to call for help,” he said,
People wishing to donate to the appeal can simply pick up a bag at participating Heritage Bank branches or Harvey Norman Stores in Toowoomba, Dalby, Warwick and Kingaroy. The appeal will also run in Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Once filled, donated items and bags can be dropped off at more than 50 collection points.
For further information:
Appeal Community Engagement Manager
Lifeline Darling Downs & South West QLD Ltd
P: 0412 056 405 E: [email protected]