APN's giving season starts

CHRISTMAS is approaching and it’s time for the Fraser Coast to dig deep and give generously for the annual APN Adopt a Family for Christmas Appeal.

The APN Adopt a Family for Christmas Appeal was established in Toowoomba in 1994 and now crosses all APN newspaper areas in regional Qld and northern NSW.

“Charities identify the most needy families in our community,” APN chief executive officer Mark Jamieson said.

“Families are at risk of having no Christmas often through no fault of their own. Their hardships and community dislocation may be financial, ill health, family tragedy or just plain bad luck.”

In the lead-up to Christmas information about families will be published in the Fraser Coast Chronicle without revealing their identities. Individual readers, clubs or community groups will be invited to Adopt a Family by getting in touch with the newspaper.

When adoption has been finalised, the adopting family or group makes a donation through a charity organisation who then passes it on to the adoptees.

Donations can be in the form of gift hampers, shopping vouchers, movie tickets, personal items or toys for the children.

Local discount stores can be a good place to start if the adopting family is looking for items to donate.

A gift hamper overflowing with Christmas treats and toys can be put together for little cost and would be greatly appreciated by a family in need.

Among the local organisations taking part this year are the Hervey Bay Baptist Church and We Care 2.

John Waldie from We Care 2 feels there is a greater need for Fraser Coast families to open their hearts and take part in the Adopt a Family appeal because so many people are doing it tough this year.

“We’ve had more people coming in this year,” he said, “because families are struggling with unemployment and higher rents.”

These sentiments are shared by Julie Terry from Hervey Baptist Church.

“I probably think there is more of a need for it than before,” she said.

“I think people might need to be a little more generous this year. People are struggling for the extras.”

“Families are at risk of having no Christmas often through no fault of their own.”

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