Lifehouse Care staffer Amanda Bishop pushes the point that a lot of families will be needing help this Christmas.
Lifehouse Care staffer Amanda Bishop pushes the point that a lot of families will be needing help this Christmas.

Appeal to help Coffs families

COFFS Coast residents are being invited to become part of the true spirit of Christmas today with the launch of the Adopt-a-Family appeal.

Each year The Advocate joins forces with charities to publish lists of local families needing help to make their Christmas a celebration. The list of families to support with the help of Lifeline, the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul and Lifehouse Care is on page 21. To help, choose a family from the list, contact the charity, give them the list number for ‘your’ family, get a large washing basket and start collecting.

Carol Sleep, from Lifehouse Care, has been helping with Adopt-a-Family for five years.

For the gift basket, she suggests non-perishable foods, from tinned ham, Christmas puddings and cakes to long-life milk, cream and custards as well as dried fruit, nuts tea, coffee, cordials, fruit juices, gravy and sauce mixes, mince pies and bon bons.

Suggested gifts for women and men include nice body lotion or toiletry packs, hats or caps, vouchers for hair salons, bookstores, bistros, restaurants or other stores. Gifts for children should be age-appropriate.

There is every size and shape of families from single pensioners doing it tough and single parents supporting children on their own to large families struggling to provide for their brood.

This is a chance to help each other and support members of our community with dignity. Those who receive the hampers may never know who helped them, but they will know that someone in their town cares.

Illness, accident, loss of a job, unexpected death or the loss of the family home could see any of us facing a tough Christmas.



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