’Tis the sea­son to give to some­one else

Adopt-A-Fam­ily un­der way for the 13th year

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS­TINE MCKEE Chris­tine.Mckee@cap­news.com.au

WITH just 45 more sleeps un­til Christ­mas, now is the time to think about those whose Christ­mas isn’t likely to be merry with­out a lit­tle help.

The Morn­ing Bul­letin’s AdopA-Fam­ily pro­gram has been run­ning for 13 years and gives lo­cal fam­i­lies a chance to bring some true giv­ing into Christ­mas.

Last year, 107 of the re­gion’s most needy fam­i­lies were “adopted” by read­ers.

The Morn­ing Bul­letin works with Angli­care, St Vin­cent de Paul and Unit­ing Care to en­cour­age read­ers to buy and do­nate the Christ­mas ham­pers.

Any­one can be in­volved; in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, schools, clubs and work­places are all en­cour­aged to share the love.

Angli­care’s Di­ana Wode said the ham­pers should con­tain things peo­ple would need to have a spe­cial Christ­mas.

“Things like long-life milk and ce­real, Christ­mas cake and lol­lies, tinned fruit, long-life cus­tard, any­thing to help make it a lit­tle bit fes­tive,” she said.

“Presents too are im­por­tant, be­cause chil­dren as­so­ciate Christ­mas with a gift.”

Mrs Wode has been in­volved with Angli­care for 30 years and said she has never seen a more dif­fi­cult year than this one.

“It’s hard out there – the price of gro­ceries, rent and petrol have all gone up but wages haven’t,” she said.

“And there’s still a lot of peo­ple out of work so any sup­port we can get we are grate­ful for.”

Unit­ing Care’s Ja­son Reid said it was con­nec­tion that made com­mu­ni­ties healthy.

“What we are look­ing at is the con­cept of some­one adopt­ing an­other fam­ily at one of the most height­ened times of the year,” he said.

“With our Life­line ser­vice, Christ­mas is al­ways a crit­i­cal time. We see an in­crease in calls when fam­i­lies feel most vul­ner­a­ble, dis­con­nected, un­able to give to their chil­dren.”

The fam­ily lists are avail­able at www.the­morn­ing­bul­letin.com. au/adoptafam­ily and will run in fu­ture edi­tions of The Morn­ing Bul­letin.

Photo: Al­lan Reinikka

CHRIST­MAS SPIRIT: Morn­ing Bul­letin ed­i­tor, Frazer Pearce, Angli­care's Joan Peters and Di­ana Wode, Barb Ca­vanagh, from St Vin­nies, with Jen­nifer Wil­liams and Ja­son Reid, from Unit­ing Care.

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