Santa arrives early thanks to Adopt A Family
SANTA arrived early in Gladstone this week for 113 underprivileged families supported by The Observer's Adopt A Family campaign.
The Gladstone community has answered the call for Christmas hampers.
Captain Jeff Bush from The Salvation Army said it was the true spirit of the season.
"The most wonderful thing to see was the amount of effort everyone had put into the hampers," he said.
"Gifts were given from the heart and that's what Christmas is about."
At the start of the 2014 campaign, CQ Anglicare nominated 43 families to receive hampers in the week leading up to Christmas.
That number almost doubled to 79, but not a single family has missed out.
Danielle Harrison said families often said "now we can really have a Christmas".
"There have been tears of joy and sighs of relief," she said.
"One of our families personally came into the office with a thank you letter to be passed on to their anonymous donor."
Roseberry Community Services also delivered hampers to 20 of their neediest clients - the most common being single males from 20 to over 65.
General manager Colleen Tribe said the feat was a credit to the Gladstone community.
"We live in a great community, one with a great sense of compassion," she said.
"The smallest of gifts makes such a difference in the lives of those that are living in financial and social stress, all gifts are very much appreciated.
"It is so wonderful to see the difference and happiness brought to others by these gestures. (It is) the best feeling."