Staff are boxing clever

Ritesh Chand,Julie Howard and Jackie Small of Beaumont Care have put together 200 shoe­ boxes of items for drought-affected farmers' wives.Picture:SARAH KEYES

Ritesh Chand, Julie Howard and Jackie Small of Beaumont Care have put together 200 shoe­ boxes of items for drought-affected farmers’ wives. Picture:SARAH KEYES

WIVES of drought-stricken farmers in Moreton Day’s sister city Winton are set to get a nice surprise thanks to the generous staff at Beaumont Care. Employees from all Beau­ mont Care facilities, led by Kippa-Ring office chaplain Julie Howard, assembled more than 200 shoe-boxes packed with goodies. Ms Howard said the fundraiser was run by the same group that organised the Buy a Bale appeal. The idea is to fill a shoebox with items women are likely to go without when times are tough.

“We all know that ladies are the back bone to any family and that they are the first ones to go without,” Ms Howard said.  The boxes are filled with hairbrushes,  hand creams, jewellery, soaps and even gift vouchers. Ms Howard said some employees had even considered the drought conditions and included items such as dry shampoo. The boxes will be picked up by a truck and delivered to Brisbane, and from there they will be distributed to families in drought-stricken areas in Winton and Dalby.

The above article ran in the Redcliffe Herald on the 15th July 2015.

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