Hello friends! Welcome to our final YB News for 2019.
We wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a safe and joyous New Year.

Yellow buckets deliver Christmas joy

For us, yellow buckets mean only one thing. Christmas joy!

Our 5th Yellow Bucket Christmas Appeal has kicked-off and we can't wait to fill 300 yellow buckets with special Christmas food and gift them to local people who need some festive joy this year.

"Christmas is meant to be a special time of the year filled with love and happiness," YellowBridge CEO Penny Hamilton said.

"Sadly, this is not the case for some people who will spend Christmas alone or are unable to afford extra special food to make it a memorable day for them and their family."

"With the help of our staff and supporters, we aim to fill and deliver 300 buckets with edible joy."

The emphasis is on Christmas food that is gourmet or special rather than staple food items, which are covered so well by other Christmas appeal initiatives in the region.

Recipients are chosen based on their known need. YellowBridge staff then deliver the hampers prior to Christmas Day to people who either live alone, have a disability or need to know that someone cares. They are also distributed to people nominated by our peer organisations in housing, disability, youth and aged services sectors.

“It is a true collaboration between us, our partners and our like-minded industry peers to deliver these beautiful buckets of joy to people at this special time of year,” Penny said.

Toowoomba accounting firm, McConachie Stedman, is the Appeal’s major sponsor for the fourth year and their support helps with the costs of running the initiative.

“It gives me great pride to see the generosity of our staff and clients who embraced the Appeal last year, filling over 30 buckets. Fingers crossed we can match or better that again this year, helping YellowBridge with their target of 300 buckets,” Director Amanda Roberts said.

“I was very fortunate to be involved behind the scenes with the Appeal last year and was overwhelmed by the generosity of people who donated their time or Christmas goodies to bring joy to those who otherwise may not have felt the Christmas spirit."

“I also had the privilege to deliver some of these buckets and witness the sheer joy from those who unexpectedly received them. ‘Buckets of Joy’ is such an appropriate name for them, as that is definitely what they are.”

“I’d encourage everyone to donate some Christmas goodies towards the Appeal this year, knowing the joy that these will bring.”

All donations are gratefully accepted and can be delivered by 13 December to:

  • YellowBridge main office, 879 Ruthven Street
  • McConachie Stedman, 619 Ruthven Street

We've moved

Our new main office is now located at 879 Ruthven Street.

We are very excited to be finally in our new main office at 847 Ruthven Street (opposite Toowoomba Plaza Shopping Centre). We will continue to use 46 Hill Street for activities related to our disability support program and our boutique op shop Collectables will remain in its current location at 2 Station Street. The Haven, which provides accommodation for young people experiencing homelessness will also continue to operate in its present location. Our main phone number and email address will remain the same.

Dollars for men's health

Our staff raised $3,344 during their Movember challenge.

Well done to all our staff who participated in the 2019 Movember challenge, raising $3,344 for men's health awareness. Thank you to everyone who supported their efforts and gave a donation - it is much appreciated.

Butterfly Hands launch

We are very proud to support the launch of Toowoomba's newest Deaf advocacy group, Butterfly Hands.

Our CEO Penny Hamilton spoke at the recent launch alongside founding President Megan Telford about her inspirational grandparents who were both born deaf but led full, interesting and fulfilling lives. Unfortunately, there are many barriers for people who are deaf or hard of hearing so we are thankful Butterfly Hands will be there to help inspire some meaningful changes for the Toowoomba and Darling Downs Deaf community. Well done to everyone involved.

Home Care Packages

Meet Jane Barker, our dedicated Case Manager for Home Care Packages.

As part of of our personalised service, Home Care Package clients will have the dedicated services of Jane. You can contact Jane direct so you always have a familiar and friendly person to speak to (and no waiting in call centre queues).

To find out more about our Home Care Packages, call Jane on 1300 882 764.

Got your Chrissy cards yet?

Pop in to our boutique op shop Collectables to purchase your Christmas cards.

This year, our bespoke Christmas card series feature five beautiful native animals including this gorgeous wallaby. Each card includes a special Christmas message and self-seal envelope. All proceeds from the sale of our cards help support our community work.

Christmas lights

It takes 42 volunteers every night to make Toowoomba's annual Christmas Wonderland happen.

We'll be supporting this great community event again with 12 of our staff putting up their hands to volunteer on 22 Dec. Be sure to come along and enjoy the magical light displays.
When: 7 - 22 December
Where: Botanical Gardens, Queens Park. Entry via Lindsay and Campbell Sts
Time: 7-10pm nightly
Cost: Gold coin donation at entry
Food: A BBQ will run each evening. Free icecreams are handed to children
Entertainment: stage with nightly entertainment plus roving entertainers and dance groups

Christmas hours

We will take a short break over the Christmas and New Year period.

Our office will be closed from 12 noon on Tuesday 24 December and re-open on Thursday 2 January at 8.30am.
We wish you a safe, restful and joyful break.

CEO's Comment

Penny Hamilton, Chief Executive

It is no secret how much I love Christmas. It is such a special time of the year … an opportunity to connect with family and friends, to say thank you, and a time to celebrate what has been and what is to come. It is always at this time of the year, I feel grateful for the life I have.

However, for some people this is not the case. YellowBridge works with some of the most vulnerable members of our community and Christmas can be a particularly stressful time. Some people in our community will spend Christmas alone or will be unable to afford that extra special food that makes it a memorable day for them and their family.

We are pleased to launch our 2019 Yellow Bucket Appeal which delivers 'buckets of joy' to people in our community. We are so grateful to our staff, local businesses and kind community members who take up the call to generously assist us in filling 300 buckets with gourmet Christmas food. Our recipients always receive their gift with heartfelt thanks, big smiles and a few tears.

We are honoured to, once again, have the support of local Toowoomba accounting firm, McConachie Stedman, who for the fourth year running has embraced the Appeal as our major sponsor. This company has a strong sense of community spirit, big hearts and their generosity knows no bounds. 

Together, with our good friends at McConachie Stedman and our partners, we look forward to embracing the Christmas spirit and touching the lives of members in our community.

I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and hope the New Year is filled with peace and joy.

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