Tweed Daily News staff, with the hamper they collected last year for a needy family.
Tweed Daily News staff, with the hamper they collected last year for a needy family.

Daily appeal to brighten Christmas

CHRISTMAS is about to get brighter for struggling families around the Tweed thanks to the Tweed Daily News Adopt-a-Family appeal.

The annual appeal was launched this week with a little help from Brisbane Broncos legend Shane Webcke, who urged locals to take part.

Tweed Daily News editor Brad Ricks said readers had embraced last year’s campaign and he was confident they would once again opentheir hearts to help others.

“Last year workplaces, schools and residents all got behind the campaign, giving what they could despite the troubled financial times.

“Christmas is a time for giving and helping local families is the perfect cause,” Mr Ricks said.

This year, 60 Tweed families are in need of “adoption” under the scheme, which sees participants put together hampers of non-perishable food items, toys and gifts.

It runs with support from Lifeline, the Salvation Army and St Vincent De Paul who each nominate needy families and pass on thehampers.

APN chief executive officer Mark Jamieson said the appeal was a cause taken up by all APN newspapers.

“Last year we adopted over 2600 families in the ultimate win-win for all involved,” Mr Jamieson said.

“The 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.”

Keep an eye out for the list of families to adopt, which will soon be published in the Tweed Daily News.

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