HELPER: Paramedic Tom Parsonage shows the giving spirit.
HELPER: Paramedic Tom Parsonage shows the giving spirit. Rob Williams

Local Ambos support needy families this Christmas season

IN BETWEEN helping the ill and the injured across Ipswich, Queensland Ambulance officers are also giving the gift of an incredible Christmas to two struggling families.

Paramedics from Ipswich to Toogoolawah are collecting gifts and food as part of the Queensland Times Adopt a Family appeal.

Their donations will help 21 children and seven adults celebrate a festive season to remember.

West Moreton Local Ambulance Service acting manager of operations Tom Parsonage said boxes at Ipswich Station, the state's largest, were already overflowing with donations.

He said the region's paramedics were keen to give back to the community they worked in.

Officer Angela Perry is the leading force behind the donations for the second year running.

"Last year we saw it in the paper and thought it was a really nice way to make a difference," she said.

"We see people sometimes on the worst day of their life... we can see how people can end up in strife."

This year, Mrs Perry chose the two largest families to adopt after growing up in a large family herself.

A total 250 families were nominated for adoption by charities across the city and 200 were adopted within the first fortnight of the campaign.

This year will be Mrs Perry's first Christmas Day off in three years, but 22 crews will still be manning Ipswich's stations on December 25.

The QT Adopt a Family appeal will be open until December 4.



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