HERE TO HELP: The team from The Queensland Times wishes to thank the Ipswich public for their contributions to the Adopt-a-Family Appeal.
HERE TO HELP: The team from The Queensland Times wishes to thank the Ipswich public for their contributions to the Adopt-a-Family Appeal. Rob Williams

Struggling families to have a Merry Christmas

FAMILIES who might not have been able to buy food for their table or presents for under their tree will this year have a magical Christmas thanks to the generosity of the Ipswich and Brisbane communities.

Through the generosity of families, schools and businesses, more than 250 needy families will be able to enjoy the Christmas holidays after being adopted through the 2016 Adopt-a-Family Appeal.

Laundry baskets filled with food, gifts and more streamed into the numerous churches and agencies which the Queensland Times partnered with to ensure no one misses out on the joy which December 25 brings.

Adopt-a-Family co-ordinator Karen McCoombes said she was overwhelmed with the generosity of people willing to open their hearts to help the less fortunate.

"I was so pleased to have so many people ring up and offer to buy hampers for these families,” she said.

"We had a lot of people ring up who had adopted families in the past participate again, and we also had some new families who wanted to help spread the love for the first time.

"We also received a lot of support from businesses, schools, sporting clubs and churches who took on multiple families, which was fantastic to see.

"I want to thank each and every one of you for once again showing what the true meaning of Christmas is all about.”

"Christmas is a time of sharing and thinking of others, and I was so pleased to see that is exactly what residents from Ipswich and Brisbane did.”

Falling on hard times can happen to anyone. It is not limited to a particular age group or demographic.

"The reality is that a person's circumstances can change at any time or moment,” Ms McCoombes said.

"Nothing in life is guaranteed.

"In this year's appeal we had single parents, families with one child, families with two or three children and elderly couples who find it hard to buy treats at the supermarket.

"It's heartbreaking to know there are so many people out there who can't afford to buy more than a few things at the supermarket.”



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