Adopt a family this Christmas.
Adopt a family this Christmas. MAX FLEET

More donors needed this Christmas

REGIONAL residents are doing it tough this Christmas, and none tougher than the families selected for help by the Childers St Vincent de Paul Society.

But president Irene Reilly said offers of adoption have been slow to arrive for their 12 needy families.

“We haven’t had any adopted yet,” Mrs Reilly said.

She said she hoped that the Christmas spirit would move people to help those who were struggling.

“The St Vincent de Paul Childers covers a big area, from Apple Tree Creek to Childers and Biggenden,” Mrs Reilly said.

“Some of the families out here are in desperate circumstances, it’s very difficult when you have a large family.”

She said it was particularly difficult to make ends meet in isolated areas, because of the need for a car.

“There’s no public transport, so you have to have a car, and petrol is very expensive,” Mrs Reilly said.

“If people could give just whatever they can afford to help these families, it would make a big difference to their Christmas.”

Meanwhile, NewsMail’s sales and marketing manager Lisa Prowd must be starting to feel like she works in Santa’s Grotto.

Her office is overflowing with donations that have already started pouring in from businesses and individuals, to include in this year’s hampers.

Books, toiletries, make-up and more are piled high on Mrs Prowd’s office shelves, waiting to be gift wrapped and distributed.

The goodies will be picked up from the NewsMail offices by staff from the organisations and charities that nominated the families, and delivered to their doors during Christmas week.

To adopt a family for Christmas:

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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