’Tis the season to give to someone else
Adopt-A-Family under way for the 13th year
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.
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.