Offers of help astound staff

CENTACARE telephone lines were running hot yesterday, as calls flooded in with people looking to adopt a family this Christmas.

After details of 58 families were published in the NewsMail yesterday, Centacare counselling team leader Shari Jackson said they were overwhelmed with the response.

“We had 15 families, now all but three have been adopted,” Ms Jackson said.

“It’s been such a wonderful response.”

The remaining families available for adoption through Centacare are a single dad with three daughters and a son, a mum and dad with two girls and two boys, and a couple with two teenage boys.

“We’ve had some big families adopted, including one where they had four children,” Ms Jackson said.

She said every year Centacare staff were amazed by not just the quick response to help those in need, but also the quality of the hampers.

“The first year, we used to only put forward eight families, but they have gone so quickly that we put it up to 15,” she said.

“We may have to find even more, if we still get phone calls from people wanting to donate.”

Families have also been adopted from the other organisations.

An updated list with information on the families for adoption will be printed in the NewsMail later this week.

“I’m very pleased with the response we have had so far,” NewsMail sales and marketing manager Lisa Prowd said.

“We’ve had 10 adoptions in one day, which is amazing.”

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