SPREADING CHRISTMAS JOY: Margaret Boland, Paul Bell and Lorna Hicks kick off the Linking Alms Christmas Appeal.
SPREADING CHRISTMAS JOY: Margaret Boland, Paul Bell and Lorna Hicks kick off the Linking Alms Christmas Appeal. Kaitlyn Gutzke Emelinkingalms

Linking Alms Christmas Appeal gives hope to Emerald families

NEVER failing to deliver a special sparkle to families in the Central Highlands, the Linking Alms Christmas Appeal has begun and donations are being collected.

The appeal, working in conjunction with the Adopt a Family Appeal, invites members of the community to donate food, gifts and other items to families in need this holiday season.

The Emerald Neighbourhood Centre's Paul Bell said the Linking Alms Christmas Appeal gave residents the chance to give the gift of hope and kindness this festive season.

"It is an opportunity for us to just give a little and put a smile on the faces of people who are doing it tough," Mr Bell said.

"We can do that for hundreds of people in our community who are hurting and are in need, and that little knock on the door is going to change their lives."

The appeal has been running for 15 years and it has always held a special place in the heart of Emerald Neighbourhood Centre patron Lorna Hicks.

"Every year we get such a wonderful response and the community has just been fantastic," Lorna said.

"It has been a wonderful project to be involved in with families given a hand up, and the hampers really make a difference to them.

"You can tell by the letters they send back that it has really touched their heart at a time they need it the most."

For more information on the appeal, phone the Emerald Neighbourhood Centre on 4982 1696.


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