Checking out the presents from Santa were Gabby Close with children Zayd, 12 weeks old, in the arms of chapalin Lisa Wood, Harpa, 18 month – who is with Gabby – Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, and (in front) Honey, three, Tekoa, five, and Zion, seven.
Checking out the presents from Santa were Gabby Close with children Zayd, 12 weeks old, in the arms of chapalin Lisa Wood, Harpa, 18 month – who is with Gabby – Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, and (in front) Honey, three, Tekoa, five, and Zion, seven. Blainey Woodham

Close family has a home for Xmas

ALL the Close family wanted for Christmas was a new home. And thanks to the generous support of the Tweed community their wish has come true.

Single mum Gabby Close and her five children, aged between 12 weeks and seven years old, were left homeless after their Tweed Heads home burned down on December 11.

Ms Close feared she would be without a home over Christmas as the motel they were staying in had no room for them after Monday.

Fortunately, some assistance from MP Geoff Provest helped the young family secure a permanent home at West Tweed Heads.

“Thank God for Geoff. If he hadn’t pushed at the Department of Housing it wouldn’t have happened,” Ms Close said.

“We moved in on Monday.”

And their new home is completely furnished.

“The Good guys have given us a brand new fridge and washing machine.

“And Tweed Mini Storage gave us three storage units to use.

“We’ve been overwhelmed.”

Ms Close said some days she had to make three trips from Mr Provest’s office to collect the donated goods.

Mr Provest said he was amazed by the amount of things they received.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to the whole of the Tweed Community; they all digged deep,” Mr Provest said.

“I noticed all the people bringing in stuff to my office and they were all different ages and we had people coming down from Queensland too.”

Coolangatta State School chaplain Lisa Wood, where Ms Close’s children attend, said the fire has brought out the best in the community.

“It really exemplifies the spirit of Christmas,” Ms Wood said.

“The school will be continuing to support the family next year by assisting with school supplies and uniforms.”

The family also received support from Kids in Need, Tweed Early Intervention and the Salvation Army.

Ms Close and the children had a quiet Christmas day at their new home, before visiting family in the afternoon. And Ms Close said despite the address change Santa found them okay.



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