Elim Village residents knit up a storm for appeal

MICHELLE BATTY

THE residents of Elim Village in Raceview have got out their knitting needles and given up their time to Adopt-a-Family. The Adopt-a-Family Christmas appeal, supported by the Queensland Times, gives businesses, community groups and Ipswich residents the opportunity to join in the Adopt-a-Family appeal by organising food and other goodies to put into a Christmas hamper for less needy families. Elim Village Adopt-a-Family coordinator Beryl Johnston said all the residents get together and donate their time and money for the appeal. "Everyone comes in and brings food, and some of the residents like to knit teddy bears," Mrs Johnston said. Mrs Johnston said the residents decided to get involved in the Adopt-a-Family appeal after reading about it in the Queensland Times. "We found out about the appeal and made a group decision to give to families in need," Mrs Johnston said. "As older members of the community we have a lot more time then most, so it gives us the opportunity to help these families."Mrs Johnston said some families in Ipswich were going through hard times and any help people in the community can give would be welcomed. "Money is getting harder and harder to get, so some families will be cutting back on spending and unfortunately this means Christmas treats might be overlooked," she said. To donate items or for more information on the Adopt-a-Family Christmas appeal, see page 18 of today's QT.



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