The Rapid Relief Team (RRT) has kicked off their inaugural Operation Christmas Dinner campaign, gifting cash, coffee and Christmas spirit to Queensland drought affected families.

Farmers and their families gathered at local schools in Hebel, Dirranbandi, Thallon and Mungindi for a $250 cash card to assist with Christmas dinner, after this year’s drought left many struggling financially.

Today was the first stop of RRT’s Operation Christmas Dinner, which will see 750 $250 gift vouchers, totaling $187,500, given to families across QLD and NSW impacted by the drought.

The RRT is staffed by volunteers from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, who came out in force today to serve a coffee and spread a little Christmas cheer to their local communities.

Ron Arkcoll from RRT said this event was simply about helping families in need this Christmas.

“Every Christmas dinner is a big operation, but with Operation Christmas Dinner we are going to support as many of those as possible, for families doing it tough this Christmas,” he said.

“We are hoping to be able to support 1,000 Aussie farming families across Queensland and NSW with a $250 gift voucher, which has been donated by members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church.

“We want as many Aussie families as possible to be able to take Christmas day to relax and spend time with loved ones, without having to worry about putting food on the table.

Operation Christmas Dinner is about bringing together the Christian values of care and compassion with Aussie values of helping a mate in need,” he said.

Established in 2013, the Rapid Relief Team, a volunteer, not-for-profit organisation, is the charitable arm of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church (PBCC) and is made possible by church volunteers.

Inspired by community spirit and the gift of giving, the Rapid Relief Team serves people with care and compassion in their time of need.