Blackwater's Matt Firth and his family are helping farmers. Photo Meghan Kidd / CQ News
Blackwater's Matt Firth and his family are helping farmers. Photo Meghan Kidd / CQ News Meghan Kidd

Local family leads way for farmers

MATT and Kandice Firth have five children under five to feed, but they're hoping to put a little more food on the table and extend the mouths they feed further as they collect food for drought-stricken families.

The family has started a social network page to gather items in town through the Drought Angels to donate out west to areas declared in drought.

Kandice Firth said it was her husband Matt's idea to start something locally.

"He started it about a week ago, just because he kept seeing all the work the Drought Angels had been doing," she said.

"They do fantastic things."

She said the family was hoping to have all items collected by the end of the month so they could drop them off in time for Christmas.

"We spoke to Drought Angels and they said a lot of families needed the essentials," she said.

"They told us a story about a drop off they did where they took a family a packet of grapes and it had been the first time in eight months they had fresh fruit... it's really sad, because we get grapes every day and something like that made their day."

She said if drought-stricken families struggled to buy the essentials, providing a Christmas celebration would just be unbearable.

"If we can contribute to their Christmas, that would be nice," she said.

The couple said the work the Drought Angels had already done was inspiring.

The volunteers help farmers all over Queensland, by dropping off groceries, organising pre-paid visas, store credits or local stockfeed.

Matt said once they collect the items, they will drive them to Chinchilla to drop off to organisational Drought Angels, who will distribute the items just before Christmas.

"We thought even if people added one more item to their shopping to donate," Matt said.

"Anything helps, it's a great cause."

Kandice and Matt said to help, search for the Blackwater Let's Help the Farming Families, on Facebook and they can arrange pick ups of items.

The Drought Angels program goes through the Chinchilla Family Support Centre - a not-for-profit, charitable organisation and has continuously supported the people of Chinchilla and surrounding districts since 1979.

They are a lifeline for many farming families doing it tough.

How to help

Tea, coffee, washing powder, cake mixes, toiletries, sanitary items, soft drink, domestic pet food, dressings, sauces, condiments, tinned vegetables, custard, lollies, juice, nuts, bandaids, batteries.

Christmas gifts for both boys and girls, aged between two and 10.


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