SIGHT FOR SORE EYES: Natasha Johnston and Nicki Blackwell with boxes of goods ready to take to drought-ravaged properties west of Charleville.
SIGHT FOR SORE EYES: Natasha Johnston and Nicki Blackwell with boxes of goods ready to take to drought-ravaged properties west of Charleville.

Angels help to lift spirits

A PAIR of ladies, who call themselves Drought Angels, were tearing up the bull dust on roads west of Charleville last week.

Their mission - to travel to rural families' homes and provide a thoughtful and helping hand to those battling drought.

Founders Natasha Johnston and Nicki Blackwell said they received phone calls that their volunteer efforts would be greatly appreciated in drought-ravaged areas west of Charleville.

In total they visited five families and presented them with a box of treats.

"We bought IGA vouchers, butchery vouchers and even got dog biscuits for these families,” Ms Johnston said.

The grocery box also included non-perishables, fruit, toiletries, bakery items and pre-paid Visa cards families can spend on goods sourced only in Charleville.

"We understand the importance of supporting local businesses,” she said.

"Drought also has an effect on towns and their businesses.”

Three years ago, when the pair saw images of the drought in Western Queensland they felt compelled to help out.

Ms Johnston said it was also an emotional investment to serve families ravaged by drought after seeing first hand what it did to her parents' property near Leyburn.

"We are passionate about farmers and the bush.”

When Tasmania was flooding their charity was on hand to help out in the apple isle too.

To find those most in need the ladies often receive phone calls nominating families who could not only do with some donated goodies but also a friendly visit.

"Two ladies pop out of a truck with a big smile,” she said.

"It is wonderful to lift their spirits and put a smile on their face.”

To fund their generous hampers and logistics, Drought Angels sources funds through donations made on Facebook.

"Donators are generous Australians caring about farmers,” Ms Johnston said.

"We love our farmers and need to keep them on the land.”


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