Spread joy to those in need this Christ­mas

The Western Star - - News - LUCY RUTHER­FORD lucy.ruther­[email protected]­ern­starnews.com

GEN­ER­OUS Queens­lan­ders are be­ing called upon to do­nate toys to fill the stock­ings of over 9500 chil­dren liv­ing in care this Christ­mas.

Min­is­ter for Child Safety, Youth and Women Di Farmer said the na­tional on­line char­ity GIVIT is again sup­port­ing the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment’s an­nual Kids in Care Christ­mas Gift Do­na­tion Drive.

“Our foster and kin­ship car­ers do a won­der­ful job mak­ing sure that chil­dren in care feel safe and loved in a fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

GIVIT’s CEO Sarah Ten­nant said they’re look­ing for gifts for chil­dren liv­ing in care, from new­borns to 17-year-olds.

“While Christ­mas for many is a time of cel­e­bra­tion, it can also be a dif­fi­cult time of year for chil­dren and young peo­ple who can’t live with their own,” she said.

“For as lit­tle as a $20 do­na­tion you can make a child or teenager feel spe­cial and know they’re be­ing thought of this Christ­mas. Gift ideas in­clude toys, gift cards, sport­ing equip­ment, board games, books or clothes for ba­bies to teenagers.

“I urge any­one who is able to give to con­sider drop­ping an ex­tra toy or a gift card into your trol­ley when you’re shop­ping for your own fam­ily and then do­nate it on­line.”

To do­nate to the statewide 2019 Gift Do­na­tion Drive, pur­chase a new, un­wrapped gift, a gift card or make a tax-de­ductible do­na­tion at givit.org.au/ kidsin­care.

Gifts can be de­liv­ered to ser­vice cen­tres across Queens­land un­til December 6.

For gift ideas, or to find your near­est ser­vice cen­tre, visit www.qld.gov.au/bringas­mile­toachild.

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