Style Magazine - - Community - BY MATT GREGG, LOADS OF LOVE

While Christ­mas ought to be a time of cel­e­bra­tion and joy, many peo­ple are sim­ply un­able to put food on the ta­ble.

All around Aus­tralia there are peo­ple who don’t know where their next meal is com­ing from.

The 2018 Food Hunger Re­port shows that, in the last 12 months, more than four mil­lion Aus­tralians (about 18 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion) have been in a sit­u­a­tion where they have run out of food and have been un­able to buy more.

Sadly, for some in our com­mu­nity, Christ­mas is less about cel­e­bra­tion and more about strug­gle,.

That’s where the Loads of Love ap­peal steps in.

The ap­peal is all about ‘shar­ing the love’ and help­ing our neigh­bours.

The ap­peal calls the com­mu­nity to ac­tion by ask­ing peo­ple, fam­i­lies, work­places and small com­mu­ni­ties (like schools) to donate non–per­ish­able food items that can be shared with house­holds re­quir­ing sup­port.

The Loads of Love ap­peal op­er­ates from Bund­aberg to the NSW bor­der and from Bris­bane to the Western Downs.

There are seven dis­tinct ar­eas of oper­a­tion, each with it’s own lo­cal char­ity work­ing in part­ner­ship with the Loads of Love ap­peal to or­gan­ise, col­lect and dis­trib­ute the do­nated items.

In Toowoomba, col­lec­tion and distri­bu­tion is co­or­di­nated by Life­line Dar­ling Downs and South West Queens­land.

There are now more than 100 of­fi­cial col­lec­tion points across south­ern Queens­land — with over 30 in Toowoomba alone, in­clud­ing Life­line and Har­vey Nor­man stores, Her­itage Bank branches, The Chron­i­cle, civic or­gan­i­sa­tions, char­i­ties, churches, and many more.

Since the ap­peal be­gan in 2009 we have col­lected over 48,000 kilo­grams of items with 20,000 kilo­grams be­ing do­nated in 2017 alone.

Col­lec­tion for 2018 has only just be­gun and we ex­pect sig­nif­i­cant do­na­tions from com­mu­ni­ties this year, aim­ing to col­lect 20,000 kilo­grams of food across south­ern Queens­land.

Col­lec­tion runs from Thurs­day, Novem­ber 1 to Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 20.

For more in­for­ma­tion, to stay up to date with the run­ning tally, or to donate on­line, visit www.load­soflove.org.au

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