Discussing this year's Adopt a Family campaign are (from left) Anglicare senior administration officer Sharyn Manitzki, Anglicare coordinator foster, kinship and special care program Catherine Hogan and Uniting Care family counsellor Jenny Cockerill.
Discussing this year's Adopt a Family campaign are (from left) Anglicare senior administration officer Sharyn Manitzki, Anglicare coordinator foster, kinship and special care program Catherine Hogan and Uniting Care family counsellor Jenny Cockerill. Brenda Strong

Anxiety builds as families turn thoughts to Christmas

WORKING closely with families in need in Gladstone, Uniting Care sees all too often the hardship many residents face.

Family counsellor Jenny Cockerill said staff worked intensively with families in need, and regularly made house calls.

"It gives us the opportunity to know what the family situation is and what they need," Ms Cockerill said.

Some of the issues she said were contributing to the hardship were housing and extended family leaving town.

"A lot of families don't have the traditional support networks available to them.

"They don't have people to turn to in a crisis."

A month out from Christmas she said anxiety levels were starting to rise.

"It's that worry that they are not going to have enough to give to their children."

To help these families, choose from the list of families in The Observer.

The charities have asked that presents are not wrapped, do not contain chocolate and that people keep in mind the presents won't be received until Christmas when checking use-by dates on food products.



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