Santa's Classy Helper founder Lorraine Kenway, is finding providing for needy families a real stretch this year.
Santa's Classy Helper founder Lorraine Kenway, is finding providing for needy families a real stretch this year.

Charities struggle to help ‘beautiful’ families in need

A favourite Christmas charity is facing a $50,000 deficit as desperate families with up to seven mouths to feed seek out a way to celebrate this festive season.

Lorraine Kenway of Santa’s Classy Helpers said she was struggling to supply her target of 1000 children with brand new clothing as in previous years.

“The families are starting to come in from the organisations now and there are very large families, lots with seven children,” Ms Kenway said.

“You can imagine if mum and dad have only been on JobKeeper or whatever to try and pay rent, electricity, all their outgoings plus trying to feed seven growing children.

“It’s very challenging for the families but we will make it the best Christmas that we can for them.”

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Ms Kenway said locals need to reach out to support each other through the Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart’s inaugural Christmas Appeal.

“It has been an especially difficult year for everyone and we haven’t been able to raise all of the funds that we need to help all of our beautiful families that are in need,” she said.

Youturn Youth Support's Haig Deere said many people were struggling to meet their mortgage repayments.
Youturn Youth Support's Haig Deere said many people were struggling to meet their mortgage repayments.

Youturn Youth Support’s Haig Deere said many people were struggling to meet their mortgage repayments due to a loss of income and a challenging job market.

“For the many vulnerable young people and families experiencing hardship, a Christmas dinner simply isn’t a possibility and the giving and receiving of gifts is an unaffordable luxury,” he said.

Beryl Rowan of St Vincent de Paul Noosa said there were a lot of hidden homeless in the local community who regularly couch surf.

“They actually have no place to call their own, they have no fridge, they have nothing,” Ms Rowan said.

Beryl Rowan on St Vincent de Paul Noosa said there are hidden homeless.
Beryl Rowan on St Vincent de Paul Noosa said there are hidden homeless.

“They basically have a few bags with their belongings in and they trust a few friends here and there will put them up.”

The Salvation Army Noosa’s Evelyn Charles said people were starting to realise that “things aren’t going to bounce back as quickly as they thought”.

Cr Stewart has come to the party to offer a helping hand with the launch of the inaugural Christmas Appeal.

Council is calling for gift cards and other donations to Salvation Army Noosa, St Vincent de Paul Noosa, Santa’s Classy Helpers and Youturn Youth Support.

“If ever there was a time to help, 2020 is it,” Cr Stewart said.

“The level of need this year is so much greater due to COVID-19.”

The mayor has kickstarted the appeal with $500 worth of gift cards. All donations to the appeal should be made by December 18.

Visit council’s website – noosa.qld.gov.au – for more.


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