Angels of Somerset flying high in Lowood

COMMUNITY MINDED: The Angels of Somerset – Lisa Smith, Shaz Anderson, Alita Horrocks and Jasmine Braun – put together food packages for those doing it tough.
COMMUNITY MINDED: The Angels of Somerset – Lisa Smith, Shaz Anderson, Alita Horrocks and Jasmine Braun – put together food packages for those doing it tough. Derek Barry

THERE is a group of angels carefully watching over Lowood and the surrounding district.

Every Wednesday and Friday these angels emerge into the Trax Community Church on Railway St and and open the doors to help the needy.

These are the Angels of Somerset - a group of people (mostly ladies but a few hardy men help out too) who formed in the wake of the disastrous 2011 flood but who have recently found a new lease of life.

Member Lisa Smith said until recently they worked with Lighthouse Care out of Logan to distribute fortnightly food parcels to people who needed help.

"We found that didn't suit everyone so we decided to make our own food packages," Lisa said.

The Angels get their food from Foodbank and local producers and put together hearty packages for just $5.

"We want to feed people but we also want to lift their spirits," she said.

"We don't turn anyone away."

Many of the volunteers are people who were originally in need and now want to return the favour and they distribute hampers twice a week.

Ms Smith said that although rent was relatively cheap, many in Lowood were struggling with high grocery prices and unemployment.

The Angels of Somerset are at 41 Railway St, Lowood.

They are open Wednesdays, 10am-2pm; and Fridays, 10am-noon.

For more information, phone 0478 024 983.

The Angels are also hosting a family fun day on Saturday, October 25, at Fernvale State School and would like to hear from interested stallholders and volunteers.

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