Families in hospital benefit from donations
Centre director Melissa Beacock from Goodstart Redbank Plains has rallied her fellow educators and families to help donate items for families with children in the Sunshine Ward at the Ipswich Hospital.
Goodstart’s kindergarten children helped deliver an overflowing basket of goods to the hospital this week as part of a special excursion into the community and as a valuable lesson in goodwill.
The basket was filled with a range of festive foods and personal care items and was be shared among families whose children are in the hospital with various illnesses.
“Every year at Christmas, we try to do something special and meaningful to give back to the community,” Ms Beacock said.
“We appreciate this time of year can be challenging for those families who may be experiencing hardship or are experiencing other difficult circumstances, so organising a fundraising appeal or collection is just one small way we can help.
“The Ipswich Hospital Foundation does a wonderful job to support and care for people and families in our local community and we are so pleased Goodstart is able to help contribute to the important service they provide.
“There are many parents and carers who stay at the hospital either short or long-term to be close to their children. When we found out they don’t receive any food or other personal items during their stay, this seemed like a perfect opportunity to collect items that would be practical and potentially could bring some comfort and pleasure to them over the festive season,” she said.
Each festive season, Goodstart staff and families go above and beyond to help families who may be struggling at Christmas through various appeals and donations. This year, 100 Goodstart centres across South-East Qld have taken part in the annual Goodstart and St Vincent de Paul’s Christmas Hamper appeal.