Centre giving to families this Christmas
DESPITE tough circumstances, 17 families will now have a reason to look forward to Christmas this year.
As part of The Chronicle’s Adopt-A-Family For Christmas Appeal, Eastwood Early Education Centre decided to “adopt” the families.
Families from the East Toowoomba centre were so keen to help, that 41 gifts for the 17 families were purchased in just four days.
Centre director Katy Paton said they would adopt more families to give back to the community they were grateful to be a part of.
“We appreciate we are in a particular demographic here and we have the ability to teach the children the gift of giving and not being selfish,” Ms Paton said.
“So every year we make a point of encouraging the children to choose what they are going to buy for someone else.”
Being able to teach the children life-long skills through the program has been so valuable that Ms Paton is encouraging others to get involved and adopt their own families.
“This time of year everyone says it is the season of giving and it would be lovely if people practice what they preach and it’s a great opportunity to do something lovely for families who don’t have the opportunities that we do,” she said.
FESTIVE FUN: Supporting The Chronicle’s Adopt-A-Family Appeal are (from left) Tom Makkai, Belle Lawry, Ellie Radke and Archer Ehrlich.