Barossa Lutheran Community Care staff and volunteers call on your support ahead of the festive season

CHRISTMAS RELIEF: Hamper team helper Sandy Schuster, volunteer Tom Schuster and Emergency Relief co-ordinator Helen Walker with a selection of donated goods.
CHRISTMAS RELIEF: Hamper team helper Sandy Schuster, volunteer Tom Schuster and Emergency Relief co-ordinator Helen Walker with a selection of donated goods.

Strong signs of community compassion is still evident with Barossa Lutheran Community Care's (LCC) call to donate to their annual Christmas Hamper program reaching the public.

Yet the public still have a bit of time to assist.

Now in its 12th year, the staff with Barossa Herald have put together a Q&A of how more community members can help make a difference to the lives of others.

Why was LCC established? 50-years ago, a group of Lutheran Church women became increasingly aware of the growing need for community support. This included women suffering from domestic violence, mental illness, poverty and a number of social welfare issues. Today in the Barossa, the service not only provides yearly emergency relief, including the Christmas Hampers, but also a myriad of services such as financial support and counselling.

Who does the service support? Families and individuals, who for whatever reason, have found themselves in need. This includes those affected by tough times, including financial hardship, mental health, domestic violence etc.

Which townships does the hamper program support? People living as far as Swan Reach, Blanchetown, Eudunda, southern Barossa and all townships in between. However, for the first time his year, hampers and gifts extend to those living in the Lower North region.

What can people donate?

  • 1lt Long Life Custard and Tinned Ham (crucial)
  • Christmas Pudding/Cake
  • Savoury/Sweet Biscuits
  • Christmas Lollies
  • Pasta/Pasta Sauce
  • 1lt Long Life Fruit Juice
  • 1lt Long Life Milk
  • Medium Boxes of Cereal (size vital for packing)
  • Medium Sized Milo/Tea/Coffee/Sugar
  • Large Bags of Chips
  • 425g Canned Veg and Fruit
  • Medium Jars of Jam/Vegemite, Peanut Butter

What about children? Gifts are also needed for children and especially young adults (aged 14-18) such as: Sports gear, cosmetics, toiletries etc. No used toys or gift cards accepted.

Who is supporting this year's hamper production? Pernod Ricard and Treasury Wine Estate, Vine Inn, businesses, schools, churches.

Where are donation drop off points located? Vine Inn Hotel, Nuri SpecSavers, Foodlands at Angaston, Tanunda and Nuriootpa, FoodWorks and Barossa Physio (Nuri).

How many donations were made in 2018? 364 hampers, plus 439 gifts. Some of the children would not have received a gift at Christmas had the program not been available. This year's numbers are expected to rise with the inclusion of the Lower North region.

Barossa LCC staff thank the community for their generous continued support and to the many volunteers, a mix of young and old, which assist people who find themselves in need.

For more details, phone 8562 2688 or visit the team at 26 Second Street, Nuriootpa.