When *Doug’s marriage broke down, he was forced to leave the small farming community he was from. He ended up in Dubbo, living in a cabin in one of the local caravan parks.

Alone in a new place, Doug faced heartache and loneliness. He hadn’t seen his two daughters for quite some time, and was suffering from the pain and disappointment of the separation from them. He was also struggling with the feelings brought about through the bitter end to his marriage.

He initially came to BaptistCare HopeStreet at Dubbo for food support. But he was also struggling to pay for his accommodation. Clearly under financial stress, Doug received news that his two daughters were coming to visit for Christmas. He should have been excited, but instead he felt ashamed that he had no food, nor money to buy them presents.

Doug was fortunate that he had a trusted place he could turn to. The BaptistCare HopeStreet team provided him with food, and gifts for his girls. Christmas was now possible for Doug and his children.

HopeStreet’s commitment to partnering with people in need, ensuring they don’t go hungry and can feed their family, is changing lives for people like Doug.

The hope and dignity that Doug reclaimed through HopeStreet was a direct result of the generous support of donors who gave to the HopeStreet Christmas hamper appeal, and is a gift that Doug will remember for a long time to come.

*name changed for privacy