The festive season is upon us, and while some of us are shopping for gifts or planning a few days away, some families just want to be able to put food on the table.
Too many people won’t have enough food this Christmas. Especially in regional areas, they are doing it tough.
It only takes a couple of things to go wrong in life for income to stop.
Daniel’s family knows this well.
For Daniel and his family, it was when Daniel was involved in a serious accident.
Daniel was a truck driver, Karen a Social Worker, and parents to their three children aged 14, 12 and 9 living in the Murray Bridge region. Both adults worked full-time, with regular incomes until Daniel’s injuries from the accident left him unable to work and in need of a full-time carer.
Daniel and his family thought something like this could never happen to them.
Suddenly their lives changed overnight.
Since her husband had his accident things have progressively got worse: ‘I had to quit my job to become his full time carer.’ said Karen.
It was a tough time. Not only did they both lose their regular incomes, but the financial struggle was impacting their three kids.
Karen explains, ‘We did all the right things. We paid our bills. We paid our taxes. Then the one thing we never expected to happen, happened and it turned our world upside down.’
‘Our kids are clean, hair brushed and wear clean uniforms’, Karen says. ‘We have a mortgage and car and don’t look like a typical poverty-stricken family, but behind closed doors our world has fallen apart’.
A family friend encouraged Karen to seek help from Foodbank SA. She’s very thankful for the help, but still has mixed feelings about taking it.
‘I feel it’s better to say ‘thank you’ than to say ‘no’, said Karen.
With that in mind, we have launched our Christmas Appeal to make sure that vulnerable South Australians have a nice nutritious meal at Christmas time. Importantly that they don’t go hungry in the festive period, especially when most agencies will be closed over the break.
It may only take one incident to completely turn a families world upside down. We heard the story of Daniel and Karen who both had full time jobs, but when Daniel suffered a major accident, Karen had to quit her job and become his full time carer. It’s people like Karen and Daniel and their family who need help at a time of the year when we should all be celebrating.
A $100 tax-deductible gift will provide $800 worth of food for vulnerable families this festive season to ensure they have a Christmas full of hope. Please consider helping vulnerable South Australian families this year. You can donate online on our website.