Chance to adopt a fam­ily at Christ­mas

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE Whit­sun­day Times is urg­ing lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses to get on­board the an­nual adopt a fam­ily pro­gram.

There are 42 fam­i­lies re­main­ing on this year’s list, with num­bers up by 25 from 2012.

The pro­gram in­volves com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and char­i­ties pro­vid­ing a list of strug­gling fam­i­lies or in­di­vid­u­als. They are anony­mous, apart from their ages and gen­der.

Pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Kel­lie Chart said this was a great way for peo­ple and busi­nesses to help at a lo­cal level, as the ham­pers were given to lo­cals iden­ti­fied as be­ing in need.

“The ham­pers re­ally do make a dif­fer­ence to a lo­cal fam­ily as it may make their Christ­mas a lit­tle brighter. It may be the only presents un­der their Christ­mas tree this year,” she said.

Sue Man­they from the Whit­sun­day Cri­sis and Coun­selling Ser­vice said now was the per­fect time of year for giv­ing.

“A lot of the peo­ple in the Whit­sun­days find this time of year dif­fi­cult, so it’s a great op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to get in­volved and share the joy of Christ­mas,” she said.

Put a smile on some­one's face this year by do­nat­ing a gift ham­per to some­one in need. Choose a fam­ily or in­di­vid­ual from the list on page 30 and call Kel­lie Chart on 4940 2105 to reg­is­ter.

CHRIST­MAS CHEER: Staff at Whit­sun­day Cri­sis and Coun­selling Cathy Thom­son and Sue Man­they are en­cour­ag­ing the com­mu­nity to adopt a fam­ily this Christ­mas.

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