Aussie Helpers making Christmas happen for farming families
AUSSIE Helpers is calling on everyday Australians to help make Christmas feasible for hundreds of farming families around Australia by purchasing hampers of essential goods.
The economic burden of years of drought coupled with a crippling pandemic means many farming families are facing the very real prospect of skipping Christmas due to financial stress.
Aussie Helpers CEO Tash Kocks said this year had proven to be one of the most gruelling for farmers already struggling to make ends meet.
"Aussie farmers have battled seasonal labour shortages, volatile commodity prices, international trade tensions and recession all the while recovering from devastating bushfires and one of the longest droughts in living memory," Ms Kocks said.
"Farmers keep our fridges and pantries full but sometimes struggle to feed themselves.
"It's heartbreaking the dire reality of their situations."
With support from Woolworths and Real Pet Food, Aussie Helpers' Christmas hampers are filled with everyday pantry essentials and a few festive treats to ensure isolated farming families can celebrate the festive season.
"In 2019 we wanted to make Christmas as special as it could be, but this year we just want to make sure that farmers can simply celebrate Christmas at all," Ms Kocks said.
"At Aussie Helpers, every dollar and every hour volunteered helps Aussie farmers in need.
"By purchasing a hamper this year, you're giving farmers more than just groceries and treats. You're also telling them they are important and valued."
Last year the Aussie Helpers Christmas campaign delivered more than 1,000 hampers to farmers all over Australia.
"I'm constantly in awe of the Australian spirit we see shine through no matter how bad it gets but this festive season if we can dig deep it will make a real difference to Australians at the heart of our country," Ms Kocks said.
The hampers are available at $50 and $100 dollars and can be purchased in time for Christmas at aussiehelpers.org.au.
Alternatively, donors can buy gift vouchers that allow farmers in distress to purchase the goods they need from local businesses.