Cen­tre giv­ing to fam­i­lies this Christ­mas

The Chronicle - - NEWS - Amy Lyne amy.lyne@thechron­i­cle.com.au

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.

FARMER PHOTO: KEVIN

FESTIVE FUN: Sup­port­ing The Chron­i­cle’s Adopt-A-Fam­ily Ap­peal are (from left) Tom Makkai, Belle Lawry, El­lie Radke and Archer Ehrlich.

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