KEEN TO HELP: Bendigo Bank staff from the Ipswich area are supporting 22 families in the QT Adopt-a-Family Christmas appeal.
KEEN TO HELP: Bendigo Bank staff from the Ipswich area are supporting 22 families in the QT Adopt-a-Family Christmas appeal. David Nielsen

Bank staff lend a festive hand

BENDIGO Bank is just one of many Ipswich-based businesses keen to help struggling Ipswich families this Christmas.

Staff from the bank are supporting 22 families in this year's Queensland Times Adopt-a-Family appeal which aims to help needy families enjoy the holiday season.

Adopt-a-Family Appeal volunteers are this year accepting accept food, toys and financial donations at two locations, one outside the Coles Supermarket in Riverlink Shopping Centre and also in the old Stockman's Cafe in the Ipswich City Mall.

Adopt-a-Family co-ordinator Bernadette Mohr said Ipswich residents always supported the appeal and she hoped for a record level of support in 2012.

"The need increases every year and last year we gave away 400 hampers despite people struggling themselves after the floods," Ms Mohr said.

"We have had great support this year already so we think it will be bigger than ever. People can drop off any non-perishable items at the stands."

Both the Riverlink and the Ipswich City Mall locations are manned by volunteers from the Compassion Connection Church.

The Riverlink stand is open Monday to Wednesday and Friday 8.30am-5.30pm, Thursday 8.30am-8.30pm, and Saturday and Sunday 8.30am-4pm.

The Ipswich City Mall stand is open now until December 18, Monday to Friday 8.30am-4pm.



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