Joan Whitmore (Uniting Church), Joan Skelton (St. Vincent de Paul), Major Lyn Cook (Salvation Army), Tarsha Laundon (Salvation Army), Pastor Kelvin Rowland (Homestead Christian Fellowship), Pastor Robert Geluk (We Care 2), Colleen Deverall (We Care 2) and Pastor Julie Terry (H’Bay Christian Ministers Assoc) are working together to help Fraser coast families in need this Christmas.
Joan Whitmore (Uniting Church), Joan Skelton (St. Vincent de Paul), Major Lyn Cook (Salvation Army), Tarsha Laundon (Salvation Army), Pastor Kelvin Rowland (Homestead Christian Fellowship), Pastor Robert Geluk (We Care 2), Colleen Deverall (We Care 2) and Pastor Julie Terry (H’Bay Christian Ministers Assoc) are working together to help Fraser coast families in need this Christmas. Alistair Brightman

Many hands make light work for struggling families

THE power of teamwork will offer struggling Fraser Coast Families some relief this Christmas.

Gifts donated to this year's Hervey Bay Lifestyle Observer and Fraser Coast Chronicle giving tree will be collected by the Hervey Bay Christian Ministers Association, who will then coordinate with WeCare2, Salvation Army, Uniting Church, Hervey Bay Baptist Church, The Homestead Christian Fellowship, St Vincent de Paul and other local churches, to distribute the gifts to those in need.

Association secretary Julie Terry said joining together to work on this "special project" was in the true spirit of Christmas.

"The message of Christmas is all about giving and sharing with others," she said.

"It has been a hard year for many families and they could use a bit of encouragement this Christmas season.

"The Hervey Bay community are so generous at this time of the year and we want to ensure that we have as wide a spread of help across the community as is possible."

Mrs Terry said members of the community could donate gifts to the Chronicle and Observer, Target and K-Mart giving trees or put together a food hamper and donate to the Chronicle's Adopt-a-Family project.

"Many local schools and community groups also will be involved in collecting items."

Families needing assistance will be helped by one agency only. 

How to donate to Adopt-A-Family project:

  • The list of families is online at www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/adoptafamily.
  • The families are numbered and listed under each charity.
  • Sponsors will be asked to provide a food hamper and a present for each member of the family.
  • Sponsors can be private families, businesses, church groups, schools or even a group of friends who just want to help a struggling family have a special Christmas.
  • To help a family you can phone the charities named in the list.

Christmas hamper guide

General guidelines

  • As food items are unable to be refrigerated it would be appreciated if all items were non-perishable.
  • For health reason please ensure no out of date products are donated
  • No alcohol, toiletries, cleaning products, etc.

Decoration items

  • Cellophane and Ribbons (to wrap baskets)
  • Basket (Cane/laundry) (big enough to hold a large quantity of items)
  • Bon bons

Food items

  • Savoury cracker biscuits (eg. Shapes)
  • Chips/corn chips
  • Mixed nuts
  • Plain crackers 
  • Non-perishable dips (eg. salsa)
  • Lollies/candy canes
  • Chocolates
  • Coloured popcorn
  • Shortbread or sweet biscuits
  • Long life custard
  • Flavoured topping
  • Tinned fruit
  • Christmas pudding
  • Christmas cake
  • Tinned vegetables (beetroot , corn, mixed beans, potatoes, asparagus, etc)
  • Vouchers from local butchers/fruit shops/WeCare2 (optional)
  • Tinned Ham (optional)

Drinks

  • Soft drinks
  • Non refrigerated fruit juices
  • Cordial
  • Long life milk


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