A proud Christmas tradition
By EMMA CORNFORD
FOR 31 years, businesses in the Clarence Valley have donated presents from 'wish lists' to kids at St Joseph's Cowper Homes.
This Christmas is no different, with nine children benefitting from the generosity of those business houses.
St Joseph's director Sue McKimm said the generosity was 'impressive'.
One recipient is a 16-year-old girl, who was homeless and lived under Grafton Bridge for two months before she came to the homes. Youth housing then helped her to find a flat where she is now living independently.
"We can't replace their family, but with the generosity of the community, we can give them good Christmas presents, which is fantastic," Mrs McKimm said.
All of the children from St Joseph's will be spending this Christmas with a family.
Mrs McKimm said some were returning to their natural family, some to foster families and others were going to spend Christmas day with carers and their families.
"They all have a big family Christmas so the kids will be able to join in. They're all really looking forward to it."
Santa will deliver the presents on Decem- ber 21 from the back of a Harley.