Adopt a caring attitude this Christmas
By JULIA ILES
CHRISTMAS for many is a magical time as families come together to feast and celebrate.
Sadly for some children Santa Claus won't be stopping this year as parents battle to keep a roof over their heads.
That's where The Daily Examiner's Adopt a Family program comes in.
Lifeline, the Christ Church Cathedral, the Salvation Army and Grafton Care are asking people to help.
"Whether you can donate a hamper, some money, food vouchers it doesn't really matter," Cathedral lay minister Denise Williams said.
"One woman didn't have any linen in her house and a person anonymously donated some for her," Helen Ellis of Grafton Care said.
"This is a low socio-economic area with high unemployment and a lot of people are in need."
Captain Ed Henderson of the Salvation Army finds that Christmas was a tough time for many.
"We are just trying to offer some practical assistance that will make things easier for Christmas," he said.
Manager of Lifeline Margaret Lawrie is hoping this year's program will go as well as last year.
"People brought in food hampers, toys and other goods and it was a great effort," she said.