Salvation Army Banora Point member Richard Hardaker with some presents donated for the Adopt-A-Family appeal.
Salvation Army Banora Point member Richard Hardaker with some presents donated for the Adopt-A-Family appeal. BLAINEY WOODHAM

Three families left for adoption

ALMOST 60 families facing financial hardship and social dislocation will have a memorable Christmas for all the right reasons thanks to generous Tweed residents.

Almost all families in the Tweed Daily News’ Adopt-A-Family campaign have been adopted with only three remaining through the Salvation Army Banora Point.

St Vincent de Paul and Lifeline have found sponsors for all their families.

Salvos welfare worker Richard Hardaker said the community response has been amazing.

“Every year we find that we never have enough families on the list for people who want to adopt one,” Mr Hardaker said.

“During the first week of Adopt-A-Family we had an influx of people wanting to help.

The Adopt-A-Family campaign encourages individuals, businesses, clubs, schools, families and workplaces to help out families and individuals hard off at Christmas by donating gifts and food to help make the festive season a memorable one for all the right reasons.

“It’s obviously good for the families who get adopted but it’s great for those who are giving to them because they are so grateful to be able to give,” Mr Hardaker.

Barbara McGrouther, from St Vincent de Paul in Murwillumbah, said they gave away all their families within a week.

“This is my first year organising the appeal through St Vinnies. The people have been very enthusiastic about it.”

Ms McGrouther said one hopeful adopter who had missed out on a family this year was all ready for next year’s appeal.

“She was disappointed she missed out this year but she promised to ring first next time,” Ms McGrouther said.

Lifeline’s Soraya Gonano said she has seen people from all walks of life wanting to adopt.

“We’ve had pensioners pick up families, and even if they don’t have much to give themselves, do the best they can,” she said.

“We have families picking up others similar to theirs just because they want to make sure they have a memorable festive season for all the right reasons. People are just as generous as ever.”

There are three families left in the Adopt-A-Family campaign. To adopt one for Christmas, contact Mr Hardaker on (07) 5524 5081.



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