Sunshine Coast village residents support the homeless

“When you live in a community environment such as a retirement village, it’s amazing how connected everyone can become. We are overwhelmed by the latest donation from Living Choice residents – it really shows a community in action.”

So said Pastor Dale Dowler of The Shack Community Centre in Nambour after he collected a truck full of donated goods at Living Choice Twin Waters on Monday 3rd July.

Earlier this year, the residents and management at the village donated kitchen equipment to the centre, which does a wonderful job of assisting the homeless and those who need support. Residents Ian and Maree Lawson then had the idea of collecting clothes, bedding and non-perishable food and invited fellow residents at both Twin Waters and Kawana Island to donate any unwanted items.

Together with other resident helpers, they organised a Morning Tea at the leisure centre in return for a gold coin donation and Living Choice donated a luxury hamper for a raffle, which was won by Jim Murphy.

“The residents continue to show their compassion and generosity to the less fortunate in our community and the donations of food, warm clothing, blankets and a whole lot of other appropriate products were simply amazing,” said Ian.

He also thanked Kawana Island residents, Maree and John Sutton, who brought over a car load of items donated by Kawana Island residents. “This was greatly appreciated. We would not be exaggerating to say that there was more than a large truck full of donated items at the end of the day.”

The gold coin donations for the Morning Tea and the raffle prizes added another $470 in cash, which was also presented to Pastor Dowler.

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