TFA secretary Lois Gill, chair Michael Buckley and volunteer Julie Smith are calling on the community to donate Christmas treats in time for their annual Christmas service. Photo: HANNAH KENNY

Bringing the Christmas cheer to those who need it most

November 28, 2019 BY

WHILE Christmas is regarded as a time of celebration, some people find it an unavoidable reminder of their financial burdens.

Torquay Food Aid (TFA) is looking to shift this attitude next month so that those in the community who are struggling to make ends meet feel supported during what is often an expensive period.

Although TFA’s team of volunteers offer a food collection service every Wednesday afternoon, this festive season they’re asking locals to donate Christmas treats to accompany their annual Christmas hampers, which will be distributed on December 18.

Torquay Food Aid secretary Lois Gill said the initiative depended on donations during December to keep up with demand.

“We buy the basics – we will buy a pudding, cake, custard and ham – but we like to give out other bags of treats and we’re totally dependent on organisations, groups and individuals to donate them,” she said.

“If we don’t get enough, we have to buy it.”

There are about 70 people who have registered for supplies from TFA this Christmas, with more expected to drop in over the coming weeks.

Ms Gill emphasised that regular clients would be prioritised.

The charity’s new chair Michael Buckley said some people experiencing short-term hardship (including job loss or marriage breakdown) were often too proud to seek help.

“A lot of people would be surprised that there are so many people in Torquay that need help.”

If you would like to donate, drop your goods off to Ryan’s IGA, Spring Creek Community House, or the Anglican, Baptist or Catholic church in Torquay.

Alternatively, phone Mr Buckley on 0409 614 630 who will collect your donation/s. Torquay Food Aid – located behind the Surf Coast Medical Centre (100 Surf Coast Highway, Torquay) will be accepting donations until December 17 where Ms Gill will be packing goods from 10am-noon.

You can find TFA through the carport at the rear end of the medical centre’s carpark. Follow facebook.com/TorquaysFoodAid for news and updates.