Karen McCoombes launches this years Adopt a Family Appeal.
Karen McCoombes launches this years Adopt a Family Appeal. Claudia Baxter

Last ditch effort to adopt families for Christmas

THERE are still 30 families in desperate need of help to get through Christmas, and time is fast running out to get to them.

As the QT Adopt a Family Appeal nears its end, co-ordinator Karen McCoombes is putting out a desperate call to any individual or business that can come to the rescue.

Generous Ipswich people are putting together hundreds of hampers in one enormous effort to brighten up Christmas for families who are struggling to get by.

"While you are sitting down with the family for a big Christmas dinner this year, sadly there will be some families who can't afford groceries, or presents for the kids,” Karen said.

"The appeal finishes tomorrow, so we are now desperate for any Ipswich people or businesses to come forward and adopt one of our remaining 30 families.

"All they need to do is fill a hamper with whatever they can afford. Every little bit can make a big difference in the lives of people who are doing it tough.”

Nominated by local charities, the 275 families seeking adoption face serious financial hardship or social dislocation, often through no fault of their own.

It has been a difficult year for many Ipswich people, with more families than usual facing a tough Christmas.

The Adopt-A-Family appeal is your chance to support these members of our local community in the true spirit of Christmas.

Friday, December 9, is the final day to adopt a family. Please help a family in

need by phoning 38171786 before phone lines close at 5pm.

See page 13 for a full list of the remaining families that require our assistance.



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