Chris and Ian Robins from Purple Dove Awareness Group with their food hampers for people in need.
Chris and Ian Robins from Purple Dove Awareness Group with their food hampers for people in need.

Purple Dove sharing Christmas spirit one hamper at a time

HELP is always needed, but at Christmas time the need for donations becomes a high priority.

Chris and Ian Robins from Purple Dove Awareness Group has been working tirelessly to help those in need during the recent bush fires and unrelenting drought, and that high demand doesn’t plan on slowing down with Christmas fast approaching.

The couple have dedicated their lives to helping those who need it most after Mr Robins was diagnosed with cancer 10 years ago.

“We never slow down,” Mrs Robins said.

“This is not a short-term thing, this is going to be a very long-term thing here in this area.”

Mrs Robins said Purple Dove is doing everything they can to help local farmers in a time of serious devastation.

“I think we are going to be helping the farmers for quite a while yet,” she said.

“It’s the farmers that haven’t got any source of income that are really struggling.

“They have no water to feed their stock – they are relying on their animals for an income.”

Purple Dove don’t only supply food to people in need, it has also been supplying food for animals also.

“We have been giving out sheep pellets, chook feed, dog and cat food,” she said.

The last couple of months has seen the pair working hand-in-hand with Granite Belt Water Relief, supplying food hampers to farmers in need.

More than 80 Christmas hampers will be handed out at Granite Belt Water Relief next Saturday for farmers, donated from Brad Costigan at Aussie Trekka.

Mrs Robins said Purple Dove will have extra hampers for people who are really struggling this holiday season.

“If people are really struggling over Christmas they can contact us,” she said.

As well as supplying hampers, Mr and Mrs Robins also provide food and necessities out the front of their property for people to take as they need.

“We are putting a lot of extra food down the front because of Christmas,” Mrs Robins said.

Purple Dove Awareness Group offers people to come forward to the Robins property and help themselves to what they need.
Purple Dove Awareness Group offers people to come forward to the Robins property and help themselves to what they need.

Heading into the new year Purple Dove’s goal is to continue their work helping people in need.

“Until we get lots and lots of rain I can’t see a change.

“I can’t see it letting up for the farmers anyway,” Mrs Robins said.

Mrs Robins said Purple Dove is always desperate for perishable items, tin vegetables, pasta, rice and any Christmas items over the holiday period.

“People will make anything out of anything,” she said.

If you would like to make a donation to Purple Dove contact Chris and Ian Robins on 0416 169 032 or visit Purple Dove Awareness Group on Facebook.

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