Hamper brightened solo day

By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

PAULINE Barrett celebrated Christmas alone this year ? but thanks to The Observer's Adopt-a-Family hampers she enjoyed some of the goodies she wouldn't normally.

Pauline said she was in shock when Anglicare called to check the best time to drop off her Christmas hamper.

'I didn't think I was that deserving of the gift, I am sure the single mothers who are struggling are more deserving of it,' she said.

'I was a struggling single mother once, and I think they should have received it over me.'

Pauline said she was so pleased with all the gifts and food. 'It was all hip-building products, but they certainly are luxuries I don't normally have,' she said.

'It was a nice surprise and it's always nice to get gifts no matter who the person is.'

Pauline said she had been invited to join other families for Christmas, but didn't want to intrude on their family Christmas.

'I have been made feel welcome, but I am a person who feels that this isn't my immediate family, so I am just going to enjoy it on my own.'



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