Tough time of year

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS | YOUR SAY -

A CHRIST­MAS with­out joy and hope is no Christ­mas at all.

This De­cem­ber more than 22,000 Queens­lan­ders face a Christ­mas spent sleep­ing rough, in tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion or in­ad­e­quate dwellings, or in half­way-so­lu­tions like board­ing houses or cri­sis ac­com­mo­da­tion.

For those who have a place to call home, lat­est re­search shows one in 10 are pay­ing more than 30 per cent of their in­come on rent, mean­ing there’s not a lot left over for food and bills, let alone a small gift for their child.

With the kind dona­tions re­ceived last De­cem­ber, Vin­nies en­sured more than 18,220 peo­ple were pro­vided with a brighter Christ­mas than the one they were fac­ing.

This Christ­mas, Vin­nies needs your sup­port again to help make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of those who face a Christ­mas of fear, anx­i­ety and de­spair, full of worry caused by home­less­ness, hous­ing stress and the ris­ing cost of liv­ing.

Do­nat­ing to the Vin­nies Christ­mas Ap­peal means we can pro­vide chil­dren with smiles and laugh­ter and par­ents with a fes­tive sea­son they can re­mem­ber for the right rea­sons.

A Christ­mas with­out a home is no Christ­mas at all. But it doesn’t need to be that way.

Your gen­eros­ity can help bring joy and com­fort to peo­ple this Christ­mas. Your sup­port will mean that thou­sands more strug­gling Queens­lan­ders can have the Christ­mas they de­serve.

Dona­tions to the Vin­nies Christ­mas Ap­peal can be made at vin­, phon­ing 13 18 12, or at any Vin­nies shop. — Den­nis Innes, State Pres­i­dent, St Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety Queens­land

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