GIVING BACK: Anglicare CQ staff Maurica Wilson, Ellen Drane, Debbie Vonhoff, Lori Simpkins, Trish Vonhoff and Hannah Gould thank the community for their generosity over Christmas.
GIVING BACK: Anglicare CQ staff Maurica Wilson, Ellen Drane, Debbie Vonhoff, Lori Simpkins, Trish Vonhoff and Hannah Gould thank the community for their generosity over Christmas.

Banana Shire gave back over holidays

CHRISTMAS is usually a special and happy occasion but, for many people in our local community who may be dealing with financial crisis, family breakdown, disability or social isolation, it can also be one of the toughest times of the year.

Debbie Vonhoff, senior administrator with Anglicare Central Queensland thanked people in the Banana Shire for their kind generosity in providing Christmas hampers for the 2019 Adopt a Family appeal.

“Every year, the Adopt-a-Family Christmas Appeal brightens the lives of local families facing adversity and provides hope to those needing it the most,” Mrs Vonhoff said.

“Each year we work to ensure that all families and individuals in our community feel connected over the holiday season.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the continued kindness of local businesses, groups and individual families that sponsored or supported the 2019 appeal.”

45 hampers were adopted, 28 were adopted by organisations and community members with the Banana Shire.

The remaining 17 hampers were made up by the staff at the Biloela AnglicareCQ Office from community and business donations.

The Central Telegraph, AnglicareCQ and the Anglicare Biloela Staff wishes to thank everyone who contributed in any way to the 2019 Adopt a Family appeal.

“Working together, as a community, we’ve achieved much more than we could have alone,” Mrs Vonhoff said.

“Recipients were very grateful for the support shown to them and told ACQ staff that the hamper provided made for a happy Christmas Day.

“We wish you and your families a safe and happy 2020.”



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