Variety Queensland programs co-ordinator Samantha Shumack (left) and Bernadette Mohr of The Queensland Times take delivery of the Variety Queensland toys for the Adopt-a-Family Appeal.
Variety Queensland programs co-ordinator Samantha Shumack (left) and Bernadette Mohr of The Queensland Times take delivery of the Variety Queensland toys for the Adopt-a-Family Appeal. David Nielsen

Special delivery boosts appeal

A SHIPMENT of Christmas presents arrived at the QT offices this week as the Adopt-a-Family Appeal enters its final week.

As of yesterday, 16 families from the original list published are still awaiting sponsors and cash donations are needed to fill 20 emergency hampers.

Variety Queensland Programs Co-ordinator Samantha Schumack delivered the presents on Thursday, wrapped and ready to deliver to Ipswich kids.

The gifts are worth $3000 and are for people ranging in age from 18 months to 18 years.

Ms Schumack hopes it will bring a brighter Christmas for families.

The presents have been donated by businesses sponsoring Variety Queensland during a year-long campaign.

"It's just wonderful. There are so many kids out there. It absolutely endorses the spirit of Christmas. We are wrapped up in the wrong ideals, we've lost what it was all about," she said.

"Giving something to someone who is not expecting a present can change their whole Christmas Day.

"There are families that have lost everything, hopefully this will make there Christmas much more special. Other people have gone through hardships but are still willing to give."

Adopt-a-Family Appeal co-ordinator Bernadette Mohr thanked Variety Queensland and said donations can be made until Friday.

The Adopt-a-Family Appeal store is located next to Woolworths in the Ipswich mall.

Cash donations can be made at the QT in West Ipswich or mailed to PO Box 260, Ipswich 4305.

Cheques should be made payable to The QT Community Chest Trust.

All donations are tax deductible.

Ms Mohr thanked Ipswich City Properties for letting the Adopt-a-Family appeal use the Harvest Market store.



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