APN joins in Christmas giving
ABOUT 100 families in Coffs Harbour have been nominated by four local charities for the Coffs Coast Advocate’s Adopt-A-Family Christmas appeal this year.
Undertaken each year by newspapers throughout the APN group, the appeal encourages individuals, businesses, clubs, schools, families and workplaces to spread some Christmas spirit by adopting a family in crisis.
The annual appeal was launched in Queensland last week by Brisbane Broncos legend Shane Webcke.
“Shane’s beliefs and values characterise the ideals of our appeal, which seeks to share the spirit of Christmas in giving and receiving, simultaneously restoring the notion of faith, hope and charity for many,” APN chief executive Mark Jamieson said.
“Last year, we adopted more than 2600 families in the ultimate win-win for all involved. It’s win-win because recipients have their faith restored in human kindness and the adopters also win as a result of the feeling you get from unconditional giving to someone who may never be in a position to return the favour.”
The nominated adopted families receive hampers of non-perishable food items, toys and other gifts.
Coffs Harbour Lifeline’s Nahdeen Demeny said people phone their chosen charity, pick a family, buy the gifts and/or food, take it in to the charity and from there the ‘hamper’ is given to the family just before Christmas.
The appeal began on Saturday and to date, 20 families have been adopted – three through Lifeline, three through the Salvation Army, eight through St Vincent de Paul and seven through Lifehouse.
Anyone interested in selecting a family can phone their chosen charity.