Little Issabella Kingston, Alex Duncan and Freya Kingston try their hand at wrapping presents for their Christmas Adopt-a-Family, watched by Rachel Kingston.
Little Issabella Kingston, Alex Duncan and Freya Kingston try their hand at wrapping presents for their Christmas Adopt-a-Family, watched by Rachel Kingston. Leigh Jensen

Christmas is about giving

AS A family day care mother, caring for five other children, as well as her own two daughters, Rachel Kingston has a large ‘family’, but that has not stopped her thinking about the needs of other families.

Rachel, her day care children and families have joined the Coffs Coast Advocate’s Adopt-a Family for Christmas appeal.

“As we are lucky to have lots of gorgeous children and families here at day care, we have all talked during circle time and have decided to adopt a big family, a single mum with six children, as the charity says these are the ones to be left behind as people think they cannot provide enough.”

Rachel said she had noticed as the children were getting a little bit older, they were focused on their own presents and she wanted to teach the children that Christmas was also about giving.

She also wanted to help brighten Christmas for a family in need and help them through the festive time.

“As Christmas approaches, Father Christmas and Christmas presents are in the forefront of the children’s minds, but Christmas is not just about what they are getting,” Rachel said

“We will be talking about the things people bring in at circle and group time. We will also practise wrapping the gifts together and making cards and Christmas decorations for our adopted family.

“My mum has just come over from England and we are also going to make a Christmas cake with the children.”

More than 67 families have already been adopted by Coffs Coast residents but there are still 64 who need help.

The list of families is printed in each edition of the Coffs Coast Advocate.

To help someone, select a family you want, telephone the number for the charity listed, and begin collecting non-perishable food and appropriate gifts.



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