Chistmas love: 6290 queue to receive Christmas hampers
THE true spirit of Christmas was on display at Maryborough's Victory Church on Saturday morning with about 60 tonnes of food given out to those in need during the festive season.
Victory Church Pastor Kevin Dailly said about 6290 people gathered at the church on the weekend to receive hampers of food to help them out.
"Some people said had they not come to use they would not have had much on the table for Christmas time," he said.
The parcels of food which were given out contained many staples including fresh fruit, vegetables, cereal, pasta and canned food.
Mr Dailly said the food had been sourced from the food bank in Brisbane as well as with some help from stall holders at the Brisbane Markets in Rocklea.
"We had a number of community businesses who contributed financially to help us out," he said.
More than 100 volunteers spent the day handing out the food and many had also been helping pack food in the three days leading up to the big giveaway.
On social media some had been criticising people attending the giveaway who, in their eyes, did not appear to be in need. But for the church the day was about helping out the community.
"The biggest majority of our congregation are family people," Mr Dailly said.
"We know what it's like to be struggling at Christmas," he said.
Mr Dailly said the spirit of giving had spread through the community with many not involved in the church giving people in needs free lifts to the giveaway.
He said the first people began queuing at about 3.30am.
The final package was given out about 2pm.