Surprise deliveries for farmers all around Southern Downs
ROSE Darlington didn't even get the chance to catch the name of a generous stranger who lit up her son's day with a surprise donation to their doorstep on the Cunningham Highway.
Excitement and joy was spread across seven-year-old Richard's face when he unpacked the goodies left in a hamper that was delivered to their farm at the weekend.
The young family of two were among a tally of farmers around the Southern Downs who were touched by the kindness of a convoy from Ipswich which delivered food hampers to their gates at the weekend.
Four cars with trailers rocked up at their gate, unannounced and determined to show their care for people in need with food, drinks, toiletries and other items.
As a single parent who was recently stood down from her job without any explanation, the donation meant the world to Ms Darlington.
"Every fortnight you are budgeting and worrying about feed for the horses - it is very stressful being a single mum," she said. "I was very shocked and humbled when they showed up.
"To feel that someone actually cares and will go out of the way to show you that was really nice. It was so quick I couldn't even tell you her name."
Ms Darlington said finding fodder for horses was especially difficult because they required grass and feed with higher nutritional value than cattle and sheep.
The drought has also had an impact on Richard, who is in Year 1 at Warwick East State School.
"I suppose he sees me struggling with everything... he is a pretty humble little guy and a great helper. He has to help me picking up hay when he could be playing with friends but he knows we just have to do what we have to do," Ms Darlington said.
Being treated to soft drink and other goodies was a huge heart-warmer for Richard.
Other farmers were also greeted with a surprise when they found a letter and hamper left for them at their fence.
"Thank you so much fro the work you do. We cannot imagine the struggle you may be enduring," the letter read.
Southern Downs couple Sophia and Liam Holland said the support meant "so much" to them.