Chance to adopt a family at Christmas
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.