“Oh tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, comfort and joy,”

I’m sure you immediately know which Xmas carol I’m referring to. In this, my last column of the year, I want to pay tribute to all those individuals and organisations who bring tidings of comfort to others in our community.

Whether it is providing food or care for the homeless, collecting school stationery for kids, making handmade items for those suffering distress or health crisis, helping women to escape domestic violence, it’s those acts of kindness for others that truly create community spirit. 

There are countless organisations doing important and valuable work in our neighbourhoods, but to name a few: Be an Elf; Nightlight Homeless Services; Loganlea Community Centre; Soroptimist International of Beenleigh; Lighthouse Care; Samuel Glancy from Kids4Kids; Logan West Community Pantry; Rosies – Friends of the Streets; 12 Baskets Outreach; Street Doctor; The Twin Rivers Centre; Sewing for Charity; Lives Lived Well; Orange Sky Laundry; Lions; Rotary, the Wesley Mission and The Centre for Women & Co.  To all of you, and to anyone I have left off the list – we owe you a huge debt of thanks and gratitude. 

Xmas can be a time of great joy and happiness, but it can also be a time of deep loneliness and difficulty for some. In the best Xmas spirit, I urge everyone to look out for friends and neighbours who may be struggling, or on their own.

Finally, I want to wish everyone in Logan and surrounds a blessed and happy holiday season and to remind people to be safe on the roads and in the water. It’s been a year like no other, but as it draws to an end, I feel very optimistic about the year ahead. 

I leave you with the words of another iconic Xmas song:

“A very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year. Let’s hope it’s a good one, without any fear.”

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