Taree Community of Christ church raised $2000 for drought-stricken farmers at a Christmas in July event.
“If you weren’t there you missed seeing a wonderful example of love and generosity shown by a group of people of our community and surrounding areas,” assistant pastor, Eileen McPherson said..
On July 28 Taree Community of Christ joined with many others across NSW to try to do something for our farmers.
Invitations were sent to members and friends to join us for a Christmas feast and to help raise funds and donate food, toiletries, etc for families suffering in the drought.
Coordinator of the local drive, Sandra MacBeth with her partner Michael Wilson attended the luncheon and addressed the gathering explaining some of the hardships the farmers are facing now, and into the future.
Sandra and her helpers plan to visit many of the outlying areas around Nyngan to try and bring some relief and maybe even a smile on the faces of these needy families. It is well known that farmers are a proud lot and don’t like to put their hands out asking for help – but help is on the way.
“We can’t change their major problems but we hope and pray that just knowing someone cares will help them face tomorrow with hope in their hearts,” Eileen said.
“Our fundraising effort wouldn’t have been the success it was without the generous donations from Woolworths, Charcoal Chicken, Danny Schmitzer, and members of the congregation toward our meal.
More than $2000 was raised, with more donations still coming in. There were also donations of fuel cards, and an amazing amount of food and household items.
Eileen said it was a wonderful day with good food and entertainment by Taree Christian Choir and Cameron Waugh.
“Most of all it was a privilege to witness the love and generosity of so many people. Well done and thank you one and all.”