Strands Hairdressing owners Jeni Harvey and Bronwyn Galante have adopted two families this Christmas.
Strands Hairdressing owners Jeni Harvey and Bronwyn Galante have adopted two families this Christmas. Crystal Spencer

Think outside the gift box

THE ladies at Strands Hairdressing are sure to be on Santa’s nice list this Christmas.

Co-owners Bronwyn Galante and Jeni Harvey this year adopted two families in the Tweed Daily News Adopt-A-Family for Christmas appeal.

“We did it last year and we had so much stuff that this year we decided to do two,” Mrs Galante said.

“All our customers really get behind it and are ringing before they come in to ask if they can bring food and presents in.”

The appeal makes a difference to the lives of people in our community who are facing serious financial hardships or social dislocation.

Hundreds of selfless and compassionate people share their Christmas spirit by adopting a family that has been nominated by a Tweed charity.Strands Hairdressing has a large box of donations under the salon Christmas tree and Mrs Galante said there were plenty more out the back.

“It’s early days yet, we just get stuff left, right and centre when Christmas gets closer,” she said.

“One lady has already brought in five bags of stuff.

“Now that we’ve got two families everyone’s bringing in two of everything.”

Mrs Galante said they were asking people to try and think outside the box for gifts.

“Last year we were inundated with chocolates and lollies, so we’re asking for things like toiletries and non-perishable foods.

“Because the children we’ve adopted are mostly teenagers, we’ll be splitting the money at the end for gift vouchers so they can buy something for themselves.”

Tweed Salvation Army welfare officer Richard Hardaker said this year they had been blown away by people’s generosity.

“More than half of our families have been adopted in less than a week,” Mr Hardaker said.

“It’s great to be involved in welfare at this time of the year, because you see such a great side of people’s hearts.”

Mr Hardaker said the Salvation Army had been involved with the appeal for about five years.

“This year I had people ringing in the beginning of November looking to go on the list.”

Interested in adopting a family? View the list of families.



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