A time to give a gift
EVERY year Joan Howlett and Elise Crofts put up the SHARE Christmas Tree outside the Target store at Park Beach Plaza and it went up again yesterday.
And every year, generous shoppers add their gifts to a growing pile destined for Coffs Coast families in need.
Last year 439 gifts were donated in Coffs Harbour and Joan and Elise are hoping to top that in 2007.
"This year with one in nine Australians living in poverty, there will be children, teenagers, families and frail older people in our community who will not be able to afford to celebrate Christmas with gifts or special food," said Elise Crofts.
Gifts collected locally are distribiuted to those in need on the Coffs Coast on Christmas Eve.
UnitingCare and Target Australia organise the SHARE Christmas appeal.