TIME FOR GIVING: QT Adopt-a-Family appeal co-ordinator Karen McCoombes is ready to help make Christmas a special time for 250 families.
TIME FOR GIVING: QT Adopt-a-Family appeal co-ordinator Karen McCoombes is ready to help make Christmas a special time for 250 families. INGA WILLIA MS

Christmas spirit will shine again as QT launches its festive appeal

IPSWICH is set to bring on the Christmas spirit of giving once again with the QT Adopt-a-Family Appeal.

The annual appeal will be officially launched on Monday, marking its 33rd year in operation.

We'll be busily taking calls from potential adopters until the appeal ends on December 4.

This year, the appeal has a goal of helping 250 struggling local families to celebrate the Christmas season by donating hampers filled with food, necessities and gifts.

Adopt-a-Family Appeal co-ordinator Karen McCoombes said the Adopt-a-Family Appeal would support 21 local community groups.

These welfare agencies have carefully chosen 250 anonymous families needing food hampers and gifts for Christmas.

"Our families in need range from single parents and orphaned children to elderly pensioners suffering severe financial hardship and often tragic personal circumstances.

"The Adopt-a-Family Appeal gives these people hope and a sense of knowing that they are not alone through their struggle.

"We are not accepting cash or product donations this year, these should be made direct to community groups who look after those in need," she said.

Phone lines will be open weekdays from 9am-1pm for those wanting to adopt a family.

"The person who adopts their chosen family then purchases items of need such as non-perishable food, household items and gifts to put into a hamper for them," Mrs McCoombes said.

"The Adopt-a-Family Appeal encourages individuals, businesses, clubs, schools, families and workplaces to spread some Christmas spirit to those families in crisis these holidays."

For more information or to adopt a family phone (07) 3817 1786 on Monday to Friday from 9am-1pm.

You can also e-mail Karen at: aaf@qt.com.au.



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