To adopt a family
MAKING a difference to families' lives who may not expect a festive Christmas is one of the main intentions of the Adopt-A-Family Christmas appeal.
The 2013 appeal was launched this month by rugby league legend Shane Webcke, who has been part of the appeal for six years.
"Christmas is a very special time, especially for children," he said.
"And these days children have greater expectations than when I was a kid.
"But for this appeal, many of these families would be facing a bleak Christmas.
"That's why I love being a part of it.
"Sadly the gap between the haves and the have-nots in Australia is widening. And it's getting harder for those struggling to make headway."
APN Australian Regional Media chief executive Neil Monaghan said Christmas was a time for families and the community to connect and pull together.
"It's great that our APN newspapers and staff are part of the process," Mr Monaghan said.
"We are delighted to be able to give something back to the communities we live and work in.
"It amazes me the power of our communities when we pull together."
The Warwick Red Cross team have been amazed at the level of community spirit shown by Southern Downs residents in this year's Red Cross Adopt-A-Family appeal, with many ringing to adopt a family before the list was even published.
"Each year we are blown away by how generous the community is," project co-ordinator Joanne McKinnon said.
"The spirit within the schools has been fantastic as well.
This year there are 32 families from across the Southern Downs up for adoption.
All the hampers and gifts can be dropped off at the Red Cross building on Guy St by December 9, ready for delivery the week before Christmas.
For more information on the appeal or to adopt a family, phone the Red Cross office on 4661 9916 and ask for Jodie.