SPARE A THOUGHT: Helen Ellis and Pastor Greg Holder, of the Riverside Church, are looking for help with Adopt a Family.
SPARE A THOUGHT: Helen Ellis and Pastor Greg Holder, of the Riverside Church, are looking for help with Adopt a Family.

Adopt a family this Christmas

AS YOU rush around in the next 10 days grabbing those last minute presents and the ingredients for your favourite turkey stuffing, spare a thought for those less fortunate.

On page 28 of today’s Examiner you will see a list of 30 families nominated by local charities who are each in need of a helping hand this holiday season.

The best part is that you can make Christmas extraordinary for these families simply by ‘adopting’ one of them.

Helen Ellis, of the Riverside Church in South Grafton, said five of the families the church nominated had been adopted, but five more were still in need of a generous gesture.

“It really is an extraordinary feeling to give someone in need a helping hand, especially during the holiday season,” Helen said.

“Christmas has been commercialised over the years and I feel that it is about togetherness, sharing and thinking of others.”

Helen stressed that there is no cash given to the families and that any cheques that are donated go toward buying vouchers and food items for the family sponsored.

“We also choose to keep it completely anonymous,” she said.

“Sponsorship means so much to each family. They don’t expect anything and really appreciate any help.”

Many of the families nominated for ‘adoption’ live out of town, and Helen said that fuel vouchers were often greatly appreciated.

“We encourage the families who come to us for help to get creative. Presents are not everything,” she said.

“To us, it is about creating memories so we give ideas like a picnic on the beach and try to provide the things needed to do that.”



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