True gift of Christmas: adopt a struggling family
CHRISTMAS is a time of celebrating and giving, but for some families it can be a reminder of just how tough things are.
That's where the Adopt-A-Family appeal comes in, helping to put a smile on the faces of 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 to share the Christmas cheer.
Barb Cavanagh from St Vincent de Paul said the number of families needing assistance was increasing in Rockhampton each year.
She said many people sought help through the charity's referral centre on Alma St, with people working in every sector affected.
"Loss of jobs is the big one and I think cost of living is what people are finding very hard," Barb said.
"Everyone's cutting staff and the workload is increasing."
Lifeline's Julie Elliott said the joy for volunteers was seeing the families happy.
"We just get such a big kick out of seeing people have a nice Christmas, seeing their faces when they get their hampers," she said.
Jodie Cunningham from Anglicare said the hampers were a great support for those going through tough times.
"There's definitely a lot of families that come through our doors, whether it be for food cards or emergency accommodation," she said.
Individuals, businesses, clubs, schools, families and workplaces can all donate
See family lists in The Morning Bulletin on Saturday, November 14
For more information or to select a family to adopt, visit themorningbulletin.com.au/adoptafamily