One grocery item a week adds up
FOR the second year in a row, Concept Labs Kawana has acted as one of the hamper drop locations for the Sunshine Coast Basket Brigade.
The organisation is part of the Magic Moments Foundation and is running the Basket Buddies program for the festive season.
Schools, hospices and numerous organisations and individuals nominate people and families going through a tough time to receive the charity’s hampers.
Sunshine Coast Basket Brigade co-ordinator Trish Bignall said the baskets were done by those willing to add an extra item to their shopping basket each week in the lead up to Christmas.
“People register to be a basket buddy and they purchase just one extra grocery item for 26 weeks, that makes one hamper which is for a family of four,” she said.
“For people who register as a buddy we give them a list of items needed and a weekly reminder.”
Upon collecting the hampers from Concept Labs Kawana they discovered that hundreds had been donated.
“It was more than expected,” Ms Bignall said.
“We’ve collected about 350 hampers and they’ll all get packed and delivered to residents of the Coast.”
The co-ordinator said packing day was a special event. Volunteers came in all sizes, with about 120 adults and between 50-70 children.
On packing day the hampers all get wrapped up and the volunteer children help choose the perfect extra gift for the kids receiving the baskets.
Organisations across the Coast donate toys and other gifts to be packed.
“We have families that have been volunteering with us for the last five years, they get to know this time of year is not about getting gifts but about helping those who may not otherwise receive any presents.”
Ms Bignall was involved with the Coast Basket Brigade in 2011 before it halted. She rekindled the charity with her daughter in 2014.
“My daughter and I kicked it off three years later and she’s still involved.”
MANY HANDS: Basket Brigade had a phenomenal amount of help with 123 adult volunteers, 62 children volunteers and 975 people supporting the cause of 367 hampers.