One gro­cery item a week adds up

Maroochy Weekly - - CHRISTMAS TIME - Carly Cullen [email protected]­news.com.au

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.”

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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.

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