Giving is the best gift this Christmas
IT'S that time of the year where there are presents aplenty, but take a moment to think of those whose stockings are looking a little sparse.
The Adopt-A-Family appeal is aiming to make Christmas a little merrier for those who are experiencing financial hardship or social dislocation.
The families are selected by local charities, with The Morning Bulletin working with Lifeline, St Vincent de Paul and Anglicare.
And with 245 Rockhampton families on the list for help, the appeal needs a lot of help.
Barb Cavanagh from St Vincent de Paul said the number was increasing each year, with much of the increase attributed to widened job losses across the region.
"I don't think we realise how many people out there need help," she said.
"I have seen the kids so excited if they happen to be there when mum and dad pick it up.
"One little fellow last year said, 'We will be able to have Christmas now, mum' and that is really special."
Barb said all essential items were welcome, but sometimes a special Christmas addition made all the difference.
"They usually get at least one gift for the children," she said.
"Numbers are down at the moment, so we really need more people to come on board.
"I think it is good for each and every one of us to get through the donation process ourselves... it is good for the people doing the adoption as well as the ones that receive it."