Tracey Cato, from the Booval Bank of Queensland branch, prepares to collect Christmas gifts for The Smith Family.
Tracey Cato, from the Booval Bank of Queensland branch, prepares to collect Christmas gifts for The Smith Family. Sarah Harvey

Banking on a top appeal

AS CHRISTMAS gets closer, Ipswich's Bank of Queensland (BOQ) branches have combined with The Smith Family to bring some joy to disadvantaged children.

Staff at Booval branch have transformed it into an official 'outpost' of Santa's Workshop, and are now accepting donations of new toys or books under The Smith Family Christmas tree.

BOQ Ipswich, Booval, Redbank Plains, Redbank Plaza and Winston Glades will collect donations throughout November.

BOQ Booval owner-manager Paddy Mutu said Christmas was a special time of year for families.

"It is especially exciting for kids of all ages, so it's heartbreaking to think some families simply can't afford to give their children presents on Christmas Day," he said.

The gifts will be collected the week before Christmas and given to The Smith Family.



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