20 Bundy families need hampers

THERE are 20 families left to be adopted in the NewsMail’s Adopt-A-Family appeal — but time is running out to make their Christmas a special one.

While some organisations, like the Bundaberg Baptists Church, have managed to find donors for all of their hampers, others are still struggling with less than three weeks to go.

Bundaberg Housing Services and the Childers branch of St Vincent De Paul still have a number of families who are desperately in need this Christmas time.

NewsMail sales and marketing manager Lisa Prowd said the families seeking adoption face serious financial difficulty, after a year that has seen many more people than usual struggling for money.

“We are calling on all Bundaberg’s clubs, schools, families and workplaces to adopt a family in need and spread some Christmas spirit for these people in crisis,” Mrs Prowd said.

She said the appeal showed the importance of lending a hand to someone who may never be in a position to return the favour.

The families left on the adoption list range from single parents with two kids, to larger families with babies under a year old.

The hampers can be filled with a selection of gifts appropriate for each member of the family — ranging from non-perishable food, clothes and toysfor the kids and toiletries parents.

“These gifts can make all the differ

ence to a family who otherwise might not be able to give their kids a Christmas this year,” Mrs Prowd said.

Former Brisbane Bronco Shane Webcke has jumped on board to be the Adopt-A-Family patron for 2009.

Mr Webcke said he believes passionately in the Aussie ideal of a “fair go” for everyone — particularly at Christmas time.

To help, select the family that you would like to adopt and telephone their charity on the number listed below

St Vincent De Paul Childers — contact Irene on 4126 1822.

Salvation Army — contact Lorelle on 0427 531 443.

Lifeline — contact Janelle on 4153 8400.

Centacare — contact Dot on 4153 2532.

Bundaberg Baptist Church — contact Shelly on 4151 8222.

Bundaberg Housing Services — contact Sandie on 4153 1239.

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