‘Tis the sea­son of giv­ing

Fam­i­lies adopted in record time

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Clau­dia Alp clau­[email protected]­sun­day­times.com.au

AS DE­CEM­BER her­alds the Christ­mas sea­son, at least 40 strug­gling fam­i­lies have been helped by gen­er­ous strangers in the Whit­sun­day Com­mu­nity.

The Adopt-a-Fam­ily Christ­mas Ap­peal will draw to a close next week, but 30-40 fam­i­lies have been adopted in record time.

Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Re­becca Woods has been co­or­di­nat­ing the ap­peal.

She was amazed by the quick re­sponse from the com­mu­nity this year.

“I was sur­prised to see how quickly the fam­i­lies were adopted. As soon as we were putting up the fam­i­lies for adop­tion they were be­ing adopted,” Ms Woods said.

“We al­ways have an over­whelm­ing re­sponse to the Adopt-a-Fam­ily ap­peal. We have a very gen­er­ous com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially at Christ­mas.

“We have a com­mu­nity that doesn’t like to see any­one left out. They’re very giv­ing and gra­cious whether be Adopt-a-Fam­ily or a wish­ing tree or an ap­peal for bush fires and the drought.”

The ap­peal of­fi­cially closes on Wed­nes­day with all ham­pers and do­nated items trans­ported to par­tic­i­pat­ing agen­cies for distri­bu­tion among the adopted fam­i­lies.

This year, the agen­cies in­cluded Meals on Wheels, St Vin­cent de Paul, Can­non­vale and Proser­pine, Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre, Proser­pine Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and Whit­sun­day Hous­ing Com­pany.

How­ever, Ms Woods said they wel­come any­one who would still like to sup­port fam­i­lies in need who were not part of the Adopt-a-Fam­ily ap­peal.

“We’re still look­ing for dona­tions of toys and ham­pers. If you’re look­ing for adopt­ing a fam­ily that wasn’t nom­i­nated through the news­pa­per, we still have a list of peo­ple we can as­sist at this time of year,” she said.

“The Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre will con­tinue to fill that gap.”

To find out more about adopt­ing a fam­ily out­side the Adopt-a-Fam­ily ap­peal, call the Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre on 4946 7850.

We have a com­mu­nity that doesn’t like to see any­one left out. — Re­becca Woods, Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer

PHOTO: CLAU­DIA ALP

CHRIST­MAS CHEER: Nikki Twohill, Re­becca Woods and Kerri Brown with Adopt-a-Fam­ily ham­pers.

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