Melissa Wilkins, with her children Lilly, 4, Jacob, 2, and Anika, 3, posts on Facebook's Freecycle to give away $300 dollars worth of groceries to help needy families stock up for Christmas.
Melissa Wilkins, with her children Lilly, 4, Jacob, 2, and Anika, 3, posts on Facebook's Freecycle to give away $300 dollars worth of groceries to help needy families stock up for Christmas. Alistair Brightman

Hervey Bay mum giving away Christmas hampers via Freecycle

A HERVEY Bay mum of three had her Facebook messenger feed in overload when she posted she was giving away $300 worth of groceries.

Melissa Wilkins posted in Facebook's Freecycle Maryborough Hervey Bay Qld site she was giving away almost $300 worth of food, in the lead-up to Christmas, to a family in need.

What she didn't expect was the response - with 263 likes and almost as many comments within 24 hours.

Within a minute there were responses to her post.

"I was in the middle of dinner, looking after three kids under four and messenger was overloading," Mrs Wilkins said.

"I couldn't keep up - it was hard to manage.

"I didn't know how this would go down.

"It was astonishing how many people came forward and were in desperate need."

Mrs Wilkins said she saw a lot of people struggling, especially those with kids.

"I didn't have anything when I was younger," she said.

"My family didn't have much to bring to the table.

"I have a husband who works and I know how hard it is for us with three kids.

"I chose people who I felt if it was me I would like the help.

"There was a lot from Maryborough.

"I had to turn away a family with measles - that was hard to do."

She said she had a couple of hundred to spare.

"I went out and bought basic tin cupboard stuff like spaghetti, gravies, simmering sauces and baked beans," Mrs Wilkins said.

"I shopped at a couple of supermarkets.

"I'm planning to do it again.

"A lot of people offered to donate to my next big bender.

"This time I want to get Christmas puddings, bon bons and Christmas stuff."



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