Make this Christ­mas spe­cial

Help fam­ily in need to en­joy sea­son

Central Queensland News - - NEWS - Kris­ten Booth Kris­[email protected]

CHRIST­MAS can be a dif­fi­cult time for fam­i­lies do­ing it tough but this year res­i­dents have a chance to brighten their lives by sup­port­ing the Adopt-AFam­ily Christ­mas Ap­peal.

Emer­ald Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre di­rec­tor Jeanelle Horn said when fam­i­lies around the re­gion re­ceived their ham­pers they were grate­ful and “over­whelmed”.

“The kids are jump­ing around,” she said.

“They all say ‘Oh my gosh’. All you ever hear is ‘I can’t be­lieve this’, ‘This is in­cred­i­ble’, they’re just so grate­ful.”

Ms Horn said the ap­peal made a real dif­fer­ence to the lives of peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

“We’ve found that a lot of com­mu­nity mem­bers are re­ally en­thu­si­as­tic and ex­cited – in­clud­ing their

chil­dren – to think that they can ac­tu­ally go shop­ping and buy gifts and hamper items for a fam­ily,” she said.

“I think that side of it is re­ally heart­en­ing to know the com­mu­nity mem­bers are not only will­ing to give do­na­tions to the (Emer­ald Neigh­bour­hood) Cen­tre through­out the year, it’s ac­tu­ally some­thing they feel warm hearted about.”

Through­out the ap­peal, Mrs Horn said it was chil­dren that were most ex­cited about giv­ing.

“The thrill of see­ing some chil­dren com­ing in, they get ex­cited be­cause they love cer­tain ages, if there is some­one their own age they want to go shop­ping for.

“I think that’s the big bonus – the fun of Adopt-a-Fam­ily,” she said.

“It’s bril­liant. It al­lows them (chil­dren) to be­come more a part of the process of giv­ing.”

The ap­peal en­cour­ages clubs, in­di­vid­u­als, busi­nesses, schools, fam­i­lies and work­places to sup­port a fam­ily in cri­sis by do­nat­ing ham­pers, gifts and food.

“Be­cause it’s all anony­mous, no-one knows who is giv­ing the gifts and the peo­ple giv­ing are un­aware of who those ham­pers are go­ing to,” Mrs Horn said.

“We al­ways at­tach a piece of Christ­mas writ­ing pa­per and that al­lows the fam­i­lies to write a note and give thanks and they are won­der­ful.”

Any­one who wishes to get in­volved should con­tact Emer­ald Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre on 4982 1696 be­fore De­cem­ber 14.

PHOTO: KRIS­TEN BOOTH

EV­ERY BIT HELPS: Julie Wil­liamson, Jeanelle Horn, Sue Bur­ridge, Rachel Thomp­son and Ash­leigh McBurney from Emer­ald Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre en­cour­ag­ing fam­i­lies to get on board with the Adopt-a-fam­ily ap­peal.

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