HAMPERS worth up to $200 each will be on offer to anyone who turns up to the Victory Church in Maryborough this Saturday as volunteers share the Christmas spirit and a whopping 70 pallets of food.
Fresh fruit and vegetables, cereal, frozen goods, meat and other refrigerated products are currently being shipped in from suppliers in Brisbane, sourced through Foodbank and paid for by kind hearted members of the congregation as the church outreach Victory Care Services prepares to give out more than 70 tonnes of food across Maryborough and Gympie.
In previous years, the Gympie event has attracted more than 3500 people and VCS secretary Kevin Daley predicts up to 5000 people will come through the gates for Maryborough's first event this weekend.
Speaking to the Chronicle at the weekend, Mr Daley said the Christmas giveaway, which will be open to every family, was the Church's way of "blessing the community at a time of year we know can be difficult".
Along with the staples, the hampers will include pastries, garlic bread, biscuits, soft drinks, pasta, canned fruit and Christmas treats.
Mr Daley said anyone who needed a helping hand would get it, as no means testing was involved and people "just need to show up".
Gates open 8am Saturday outside the Maryborough church, about 2km towards Hervey Bay on the Maryborough Hervey Bay Rd.
Victory Care Services also gives away $30 hampers to families in need Monday to Saturday.