Sharing Christmas spirit
THREE local community groups have teamed up to ensure local families who need a hand this festive season don't miss out on a special Christmas.
Noosa Vietnam Veterans Association has joined forces with Bunnings Hardware Noosaville and the local Salvation Army branch to collect and package donated toys and non-perishable food stuffs for distribution to Noosa families who are doing it tough.
Residents are encouraged to donate items for the appeal for two weeks from November 20 at Bunnings Noosaville and Designs for Hair on St Andrews Drive, Tewantin.
The Vietnam Veterans Association Noosa Branch will donate all money raised from its regular fortnightly fundraiser barbecues at Bunnings to purchase further items for the parcels.
A special mammoth barbecue on November 25 will raise funds for the Salvation Army to package and distribute the parcels.
Vietnam Veterans Association Noosa Branch president Tony Vat said the local Vietnam vets were pleased to be able to help out those locals who would otherwise be facing a bleak Christmas this year.
"And it's good for the blokes, it keeps them busy doing things and helps them forget about their own problems," he said.
The Noosa Vietnam Veterans Association has donated $5000 to local community groups, appeals and local schools in the past year alone, largely raised through its fortnightly barbecues.
Mr Vat urged residents to support the parcel appeal and make donations at the two drop-off points.
The veterans will join with the Salvos to package the parcels ready in time for Christmas.
"We mainly need toys, new ones if possible, and non-perishable groceries," he said.