Students send 'love bombs'
A YEAR-LONG effort to help Ipswich's worst flood-affected residents has been topped up with the delivery of thousands of dollars worth of Christmas hampers.
Students of the Prince of Peace Lutheran College, from Everton Hills in Brisbane's north, arrived at the Ipswich Lutheran Parish with a mini-bus full of snacks, treats and other goodies ready to be distributed to more than 80 needy households.
It was the latest in a string of deliveries organised, paid for and delivered by Prince of Peace church and school members for Ipswich flood victims since January.
With the assistance of the local Lutheran parish, the Brisbane church also has contributed 1150 meals and thousands of bags of groceries to the flood relief effort through the year.
Prince of Peace head of pastoral care and welfare Libby Farmer said the effort to collect items to fill the hampers started in July.
"We started collecting one type of item each week - just getting all the students to bring something in," she said. "All the donated items were blessed by our pastor on Sunday before being packed and loaded on the bus."
Making sure their Christmas 'love bombs' arrived safely were middle school captains Ryan Speare, Matthew Klingberg, Ally King and Alisha Takken.
Ipswich Lutheran Parish will distribute the hampers to Ipswich flood survivors.
"We managed to fill the entire mini-bus with hampers - there was barely enough room for the four students and the driver," Ms Farmer said.
"The hampers are packed with treat items - we wanted to give people something special for Christmas that they wouldn't have been able to afford."