Office adopts another family for Christmas
THIS year co-workers at Downing Teal will be helping their seventh family through The Observer's Adopt-A-Family campaign.
Organising the donation for Downing Teal this year is Donna Ison who said the office first started adopting a family instead of doing secret Santa and have not stopped since.
"We just kept going every year," Ms Ison said.
In the office there are 11 people adopting the family this year and they all agreed it was just a nice thing to do.
"We think it's a great cause."
This year they will be trying to ensure a single mum with six kids under the age of eight will be able to enjoy a merry Christmas.
The gifts that they donate are always something special.
"We put some thought into the individual to make it special.
"Something they wouldn't normally get themselves."
Ms Ison said she would encourage others to get involved and Adopt-A-Family.
"For such a small contribution it would hopefully make someone's Christmas much nicer."
- See the list of families to adopt in The Observer on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
- Contact the charity that has listed your family to make sure they are still available, then start looking for gifts
- The charities have asked that presents are not wrapped because they need to be checked (however, wrapping paper can be provided). Do not donate chocolate and keep in mind the presents won't be received until Christmas when checking use-by dates on food stuffs
- If you have adopted a family and would like to tell the community why you think it is a great idea to help families in need at Christmas email megan.mcewan@ gladstone observer.com.au
- All donations need to be in to the selected charity by December 7