Families blessed by Rotary gifts
THE generosity of the Maroochydore Rotary Club has helped Paul Mackay and his family enjoy a proper Christmas after a tough year.
“We’ve had a tough year and slowly I’ve been getting back on my feet but I’m not in a position where I could have afforded to provide my family with a Christmas celebration,” he said.
The father and his six children were one of 10 families chosen by the Salvation Army Maroochydore to receive Christmas food hampers donated by the Maroochydore Rotary Club.
Salvation Army financial counsellor Debbie Robbie said the families were selected due to the hard work they’d shown throughout the year in overcoming their issues.
“The 10 families have all hit hard times for one reason or another and they’ve all worked really hard to take the steps needed to get back on their feet,” she said.
“For many of them they are so close to being back on track and having to worry about Christmas would throw a spanner in the works, so we said to them, ‘let us bless you and help you out with this’.”
Rotary president Paul Scott said having the chance to hand the hampers to the families was special for the club.
“We do a lot of fundraisers where we don’t actually get to see the impact it has on the people receiving,” he said.
“But handing these hampers over it’s special to see and talk to the people we are helping. It warms the heart, it really does.”
GIVING GIFTS: Vicki Cooper, Paul Mackay and Paul Scott.