(L) Rebecca and her nine-year-old son Josh, receive a hamper from The Salvation Army. Lieutenant Adele Williams, Bev Venaglia, Major Lyn Cook and Doreen Stibbe watch on.
(L) Rebecca and her nine-year-old son Josh, receive a hamper from The Salvation Army. Lieutenant Adele Williams, Bev Venaglia, Major Lyn Cook and Doreen Stibbe watch on. Alistair Brightman

Donations for Adopt-A-Family show Coast's true colours

IT'S beginning to look a lot like Christmas for the 38 struggling families on the Fraser Coast selected as recipients of the Chronicle's Adopt-A-Family appeal.

The smiles could not be contained as the hampers filled with festive season foods and treats were handed out yesterday and on Tuesday at We Care 2 and the Salvation Army barracks in Hervey Bay and Maryborough.

Hervey Bay Salvation Army's Major Lyn Cook said the support shown from the Fraser Coast community had been overwhelming.

"The amount of donations we received filled up the back of the church," she said.

"While it was a big day for us on Tuesday putting all of the hampers together, there were lots of helpers to help out, thankfully."

Major Cook said the hampers for others not part of the Adopt-A-Family appeal had also been made bigger thanks to the number of kind contributions.

"We just have a huge 'thank you' for the public and it could not have been done without them," she said.

While Christmas is nearly all wrapped up, the Salvation Army Maryborough spokeswoman Deanne Stewart said help was needed for others struggling.

"There are still people calling here for help needing assistance," she said.

Food donations are always sought, she said.



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