Jimboomba locals demonstrate legendary generosity for Now and Zen, Fitness Matters and Scott Bannan toy drive

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS: Ryder Sullivan, Sally Brooks and Andy Mabey with some of the presents donated by Jimboomba locals for the toy drive. Photo: Matt McLennan
SPECIAL CHRISTMAS: Ryder Sullivan, Sally Brooks and Andy Mabey with some of the presents donated by Jimboomba locals for the toy drive. Photo: Matt McLennan

ORGANISERS of a Christmas toy drive for underprivileged children have been left stunned by Jimboomba people's legendary generosity at the most wonderful time of the year.

Now and Zen op shop's Andy Mabey, Division 9 councillor Scott Bannan and Fitness Matters Jimboomba will join forced to deliver more than 300 gifts to displaced children at local foster homes on Monday.

They put a call out on Facebook in mid-November for gifts to donate, and all sorts of presents flooded in as locals dug deep to help brighten kids' Christmas.

"It just swells my heart," Ms Mabey said.

"Everyone has been so kind and generous with their gifts.

"We have been overwhelmed. I can't believe it."

We have been overwhelmed.

Andy Mabey

Supermarkets donated wrapping paper for the presents, and the NRL even came on board to donate merchandise.

Mr Bannan offered storage space for the haul.

As well as people coming in with gifts, the shop was inundated with messages from people asking how they could help.

Organisers have a huge future planned for the event. They hope to include many more local clubs and sporting groups next year.

"Bike clubs, V8s, the whole community will want to be involved," Ms Mabey said.

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