HELP: Spread the joy of Christmas to kids living away from home this festive season.
HELP: Spread the joy of Christmas to kids living away from home this festive season. Thinkstock

Ease the pain this Christmas for kids living out of home

SOUTHERN Downs residents are being urged to help spread the joy of Christmas to more than 8600 children and young people living away from home this festive season, by donating a present.

Child Safety Minister Tracy Davis launched the annual Kids in Care Christmas Appeal yesterday and said this time of year was the perfect time to give.

"It takes a community to raise a child and this is particularly true for children who are unable to live with their own families," Ms Davis said.

"Christmas can be a difficult time for kids in care but one of the best ways to ease their burden is to bring a smile to their faces and it also lets them know that people really do care about them."

Ms Davis said last year's campaign had touched more people than ever, including foster carers and children in care, with a record number of presents donated.

"Our Kids in Care Christmas Appeal has such a positive impact in communities' right across this state and we saw this last year," she said.

"Being a part of the appeal also sends a strong message of support to our wonderful foster carers and the important role they play within our communities.

"The Newman Government is giving foster families the support and recognition they deserve and making improvements after Labor allowed the child protection system to fall into disrepair.

"Our election promise to revitalise frontline services is all about putting Queenslanders first and everyone can play their part and show they care by supporting our Christmas appeal."

The appeal runs until December 13.

Presents need to be suitable for a child aged 0 to 17 years.

People can make their donation at their local child safety service centre, or local ABC studio.

Any surplus toys will be distributed to other children who are known to Child Safety.

For gift ideas or to find the closest donation point, visit http://www.communities.qld.gov.au



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