Give a present outside the box
THINK of the children when you consider adopting a family this Christmas but don’t be averse to thinking outside that particular Christmas box.
“It’s important to remember families can also be older people who could use some help,” Julie Terry, associate pastor of Hervey Bay Baptist Church, says.
“These are not necessarily people with children but elderly people in our community who are struggling too. It involves thinking a little more broadly.”
The APN Adopt a Family Christmas Appeal is up and running for 2009. Fraser Coast residents are encouraged to dig deeper than ever and donate generously to the Chronicle appeal this year.
“I think children are aware things mightn’t be the same this Christmas,” Julie said. “They are talking about not getting presents and not going on holidays.
“There is extreme pressure on families to pay bills. This time of year is about giving and some of us have a little more to give.”
Julie has been with the Baptist Church for 22 years and been involved with Adopt-a-Family since its inception.
She is also the regional coordinator for Operation Shoebox, which came up with 2300 boxes from the Fraser Coast full of goodies bound for Vietnam and PNG.