'Odd job Santa' inundated with calls after offering help

Jay Layton has been spreading Christmas cheer by doing odd jobs around the region.
Jay Layton has been spreading Christmas cheer by doing odd jobs around the region. Alistair Brightman

AN "ODD job Santa" is visiting the Fraser Coast this year, carrying out acts of kindness for those who need a hand.

Point Vernon man Jay Layton volunteered his services on social media to spread some Christmas cheer and was inundated.

Since then he has been doing everything from removing rubbish from people's homes and running it to the tip to mowing lawns and building ramps for people confined to wheelchairs.

So far he has helped about 40 people, travelling between Maryborough and Hervey Bay.

"It's definitely got a lot of people in the Christmas spirit I think," Jay said.

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He said elderly people in particular had needed help getting rid of rubbish from their properties, while some of the trash had become other people's treasure.

Jay said some of the old toys people no longer wanted had been donated to Christmas wishing trees.

He had also removed several mattresses, some of which were able to be donated to charities.

Jay was stunned by how many requests he received, but the feedback from his generosity has been resoundingly positive.

Yvonne Miles posted to the Facebook page where Jay offered his services, saying that he had removed all the rubbish from her yard for free - and it had inspired her to pay the act of kindness forward.

She offered her coffee table and TV unit for free to a deserving family.

Jay said people had also put their hand up to help him with the jobs he had done.

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