WINTER WARMTH: Gympie volunteers Deborah Cleary and Jessie Thomson.
WINTER WARMTH: Gympie volunteers Deborah Cleary and Jessie Thomson. Tanya Easterby

Vinnies warms hearts, souls

VOLUNTEERS such as Jessie Thomson and Deborah Cleary are already doing something about it - winter, that is.

They and many like them are helping warm the hearts of most of us and the bodies of the needy, as they work to gather and distribute warmth in various forms.

St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland president Brian Moore said the society's winter appeal, dubbed "Do Something About It", was aimed at giving the needy what they needed.

That might be food, clothing, temporary accommodation or help paying bills during the colder months.

"Each of us has the power to make a real difference to those less fortunate in our own community," he said.

Mr Moore said that the three-month appeal aimed to raise at least $750,000 to help those who struggle every day.

"More than 300,000 people seek assistance from Vinnies each year and we are asking the community to do something about it.

"Financial donations help us make sure they get what they need, which can be food, clothing, temporary accommodation or assistance paying bills during these colder months.

"The money you give can give a child the tools to get an education, petrol for the breadwinner to get to work, scripts for pensioners and food when the cupboard runs bare.

"Vinnies works to provide those in need with long term solutions through education, support and a hand up, not just a hand out.

"We all see the statistics and the plight of our struggling neighbours, friends or wider community, and now is the time to: Do something about it," he said.

"This winter we are showcasing the real option of what each person can do with a generous financial donation to help a vulnerable person get through the day.

"For a single parent family:

$50 can do something about a child's future. Be it school excursions, notebooks, pencils or textbooks, the generosity of donors ensures children don't miss out.

$200 can do something about a family's hunger

$500 can do something about a family's safety

$1000 can do something about a family staying together, keeping a roof over their heads."

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