HAPPY HAMPERS: Clinton State School teacher Michelle Emery and students Kate McCabe, 11, Taj Alchin, 11, Olivia Gehle, 12, and Alicia de-Lucy, 12, hand over one of 34 hampers to Anglicare’s Sharyn Manitzky.
HAPPY HAMPERS: Clinton State School teacher Michelle Emery and students Kate McCabe, 11, Taj Alchin, 11, Olivia Gehle, 12, and Alicia de-Lucy, 12, hand over one of 34 hampers to Anglicare’s Sharyn Manitzky. Tegan Annett

Christmas hampers for needy Gladstone families

CLINTON State Primary School has helped 34 families have a festive end to their year.

Yesterday they handed over hampers to Anglicare's Sharyn Manitzky for the Adopt-A-Family campaign.

Since October the students have brought in toys, food and Christmas decorations to fill the hampers. Teacher Michelle Emery organised their donation and said she was overwhelmed by the support.

"Every other year we've put together the shoe-box donations for families overseas but this year we wanted to do something that stayed in our community," she said.

"We didn't expect this response ... the children were bringing in Christmas cakes, lollies, toys ... just to help other families have a bit brighter Christmas."

The hampers were presented at yesterday's school assembly.

There are still 30 families left to adopt from Anglicare and more from the Salvation Army and Roseberry Community Services.

The families and residents are chosen from the organisation's client base.

"This time of year is the most expensive, so Adopt-A-Family helps relieve that pressure," Ms Emery said.

"Christmas should be about spending time with your family and it's good to have that without the stress of not having the money to celebrate."

Visit gladstoneobserver.com.au/adoptafamily for more information. 



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