Helping hands to fill hamper orders
THE hardworking volunteers at Coffs Harbour's Uniting Church soup kitchen are always grateful for the kind support they receive from others.
With Christmas approaching, those same volunteers are hoping more people can donate goods to brighten up the festive season of those less fortunate.
In operation for 25 years, the soup kitchen averages 50 diners each weekday but thoughts are turning to the Christmas hampers the kitchen helpers put together to brighten up the festive period of the needy.
As chairman of the soup kitchen committee, Phil Crofts said he expected volunteers to create about 95 Christmas hampers this month but help was still needed.
"It's the kindness of strangers we depend on to keep going but if we get donations now, a lot of them will be Christmassy-type stuff - puddings, biscuits, all those sorts of things," Mr Crofts said.
"When we put the hampers together, you cover the bottom of the hampers with the staples - the soup, the baked beans, the normal things.
"Then on top you can put Christmassy stuff."
Already the soup kitchen has received tremendous support from the annual drive run by Bishop Druitt College students. Mr Crofts says every bit of help, no matter how big or small, will be great.