Residents' dig deep for The Daily's homeless appeal
FOR many of you, it might have just been a tin of food here or an old sleeping bag there - but for the homeless people of the Sunshine Coast, what you see in this picture means a fuller belly, a warmer night's sleep or a means of shelter.
The Sunshine Coast Daily reported last month that more than 400 homeless people were waiting for Street Swags and we asked readers to donate what they could to Our Hidden Homeless appeal.
And donate you did - 60 jumpers and jackets, 20 shopping bags of food and toiletries, 12 blankets, 10 sleeping bags, five pairs of ugg boots, 200 umbrellas, 200 torches, 200 water bottles and 200 hats.
Salvation Army Caloundra community support worker Steph Hobbs said the response was overwhelming.
"The real genuine people in need don't feel comfortable asking for stuff so to have people quietly donate and be able to give these items to them ... it means a lot to them," she said.
"It's a real community spirit and even people in the community are doing it tough, everyone knows that, and the fact they're still digging deep and giving, sometimes things they still need themselves, is just very generous and overwhelming."
Jordyn Archer, who feeds homeless people across the Coast with her brother Joel, said the donation came at an ideal time.
Boaz Dickson, who runs the Suncoast Care soup kitchen twice a week in Nambour, said their numbers had increased in the last month from less than 15 a night to more than 20. The Sunshine Coast Daily is still collecting money to purchase Street Swags, valued at $80 each, which will be given to local homeless people on the waiting list.
Make your donations at the Daily office, 2 Newspaper Place, Maroochydore. Office hours are 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.