Free for all hampers just part of a 'real grass roots Christmas'
"IT'S Christmas in action,” Victory Care Services' Kevin Dailly explained, as he showed the pallets of free Christmas tucker he and other volunteers are giving away on Saturday morning - to anyone who wants it.
He and his wife Rosie, both Victory Church community pastors, enthusiastic this week about their church's big Christmas party, even if they did admit to being a bit tired also.
"We've got 120 tonnes of food to give away,” Pastor Dailly said at Victory Care's Barter St warehouse, where their church's great Christmas food giveaway will be held from 7am.
"People will arrive earlier than that and to help them start the day, we've got a free barbecue with Wagyu beef burgers and sausages.
"And it's all free,” he said.
"We've got about 4000 sausages - all free and for everyone who turns up.”
And that is all for one very good reason, according to the Daillys and senior pastors George and Margaret Miller.
"It's Christmas,” Pastor Dailly said.
He says volunteers have driven five truckloads of frozen, dried, fresh and packaged food outof Brisbane this week, all ofit for distribution in Gympie and Maryborough.
"This is Christianity at grass roots level,” he said, adding that many of his suppliers were also heavily involved in the Christmas spirit, with discounts or even free food giveaways of their own.
"We got some from the Food Bank at Morningside and some from the Rocklea Markets.
"We've got fruit, vegetables, crates of frozen chicken, battered vegetables and chips, pizzas, ice cream.
"A company at Kunda Park donated 20 pallets of cakes.
"All that frozen chicken,” he said, pointing at stacks of pallets being transferred from truck to cold room, " is from Steggall's.
"We've got lasagne, patties, frozen mashed potatoes, the lot,” he said.