On the first day of the 12 Days of Christmas Community Giving Campaign, LNP Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts joined forces with Base Services to help the homeless.
Mr Watts spent the morning sharing the spirit of Christmas, preparing and serving meals at the Basement Soup Kitchen with founders Nat and Tiffany Spary.
“The Basement Soup Kitchen serves lunchtime meals each weekday, as well as providing access to essential services and resources for those that need it,” Mr Watts said.
“Christmas is a difficult time of year for many people – particularly those who don’t have permanent accommodation and are struggling to make ends meet.”
“Having a safe place to eat makes a world of difference to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.”
Base Services Social Worker Tiffany Spary said Christmas is often the toughest time of the year, making many people feel alone or isolated.
“The Basement Soup Kitchen hosts a special Christmas Day lunch where individuals and families who have nowhere to go and no one to celebrate with, can join us for Christmas Day lunch,” Tiff said.
“We try to make sure everyone we work with knows they’re appreciated and cared about.
“Each of our Christmas Day lunch guests will also receive an individualised Christmas hamper to make Christmas time a little easier and happier.”
Members of the community can still help Base Services make a difference this Christmas by donating the following items:
|Christmas Hampers for people who are homeless|
|Rice crackers||Drinks: poppas, 500ml soft drink|
|Chocolates / bags of lollies||Sweet and savoury biscuits|
|Chips / pringles||Carry bag|
|Can opener||Muesli bars|
|Christmas pudding (small)||Candy canes|
|Gift vouchers (eg. Coles, coffee / food)||Cans of tuna / chicken|
|Nuts||Baked beans / spaghetti|
|Socks||Long life custard / milk|
Mr Watts commended Base Services and all the community and not-for-profit organisations across Toowoomba North for their ongoing work.
“It’s heart warming to see so many volunteers and organisations coming together to offer support to those doing it tough this Christmas.”