Salvation Army captain Jeff Bush talks about this year's Adopt a Family appeal in Gladstone.
Salvation Army captain Jeff Bush talks about this year's Adopt a Family appeal in Gladstone. Brenda Strong

Salvos grateful for Gladstone's generous community spirit

GLADSTONE is seen as the land of opportunity for many, but Salvation Army captain Jeff Bush has seen first hand the hardship some fortune-seekers face.

"Families spend money getting here and now they have nothing," Captain Bush said.

But if there is any town where families in need can get help for Christmas, Captain Bush said Gladstone was it.

"I've never met a more generous community than here," he said.

"It blows you away."

He said he had no doubt that every single family on this year's Adopt-A-Family list would be adopted.

One more family was crossed off the list when Austral Lending Solutions co-workers teamed up.

Austral administration officer Natalie Holzberger said the business had been involved for the past couple of years as an alternative to Secret Santa.

"We were buying secret Santa presents for ourselves; we felt it could be more worthy going to people in need," Ms Holzberger said.

"We like to give something back."

After adopting a senior couple, Ms Holzberger and her co-workers will all put money in and go shopping for some Christmas presents.

"It just helps some families on Christmas day who wouldn't have much to celebrate with," she said.

How to adopt a family:

  • See the list of families to adopt in The Observer.
  • 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 that 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@gladstoneobserver.com.au.


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