The Rapid Relief Team (RRT) has donated over 5,500 Christmas Food Boxes to families in need around the world just in time for the holiday season. RRT volunteers across the globe geared up to package and deliver essential supplies which aimed to help relieve immediate pressure for an individual or family in crisis.  Packaged with care and compassion, the Food Boxes contain a variety of non-perishable, long-life food.

Designed to feed a family of four for up to two days, the Food Boxes include some Christmas favorites including turkey spam, gravy, fruit mince pies, and a Christmas pudding.

RRT Operations Manager for Australia, Dan Alderton said the RRT Christmas Food Box initiative was simply about bringing families together for Christmas.

“We know many families do it tough at Christmas – but add in the financial impacts and stresses of COVID-19 and this year it seems a whole lot tougher,” Dan said

Dignity’s Volunteer and Donations Coordinator for Australia, Sherin said that the Food Boxes provide support  and hope to people who are homeless or facing the risk of homelessness.

“It is so wonderful to be able to give our guests an RRT Food Box when they leave our homes and move into their own stable accommodation. To have the ability to offer people additional support by filling their pantries when they leave us eliminates any extra stresses they may be experiencing when leaving our crisis accommodation.” Sherin said.

“Adding to the awesomeness of the Food Box being a lovely house warming gift it is so sustainable and practical in that we see our past guests who have moved out come back with their Food Box container in tow to pick up frozen home cooked meals that are prepared by our volunteers. We cannot thank the Rapid Relief Team enough for the continuous support we receive with the very generous donations of RRT Food Boxes.” Sherin said.

rrtglobal.org2020 has been a challenging year for all, regardless of wealth, health or status. “In Australia, the situation is being managed better than most, but we know in other parts of the world, the situation is still critical, with many people back in lockdown”.

“We are committed to supporting as many families as we can, to put some food on the table and spread a bit of Christmas cheer.

“As Christians, family is very important to us, and we want to do what we can to help bring families together,” he said.

So far this year, the RRT Food Box initiative has supported those in self-quarantine, vulnerable families, and victims of domestic violence by donating and delivering over 35,000 RRT Food Boxes globally. RRT feels thrilled to bring joy this holiday season to those who have been hardest hit by the global pandemic through RRT’s Christmas edition of the Food Box.

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