Hampers chance to give back
By KRYSTEN BOOTHbooth@gladstoneobserver.com.au
LEE Nutley has been filling hampers for The Observer's Adopt--a-Family program for the past two years.
Like many people, he gets great pleasure from helping others. But for Lee it is more of a challenge.
Lee lives with cerebral palsy, which means he is confined to a wheelchair and has difficulty moving around.
However, according to Mum, Pauline, the opportunity to go shopping to choose items for the hamper himself gives him a great deal of independence and joy.
"Last year he needed me to help him put it together.
"But this year he told me he wanted to do it by himself, and it's given him such a boost,'' Mrs Nutley said.
She said providing a hamper to someone in need at Christmas had given Lee a strong sense of achievement.
"He really felt like he was needed and he could do something for someone else and he just beamed for weeks after he'd done it,'' Mrs Nutley said.
The Adopt-A-Family program has become a Christmas tradition in the Nutley family.
Mrs Nutley said the family members competed to see who could fill the hamper with the best items.
"We'd sit down and swap notes and I think he (Lee) did better than me this year,'' she said.
"He really put a lot of thought into what people might need and want over Christmas and he got such a buzz out of it.