SHARE the love this Christmas and help out a family in need.
As you untangle the tinsel, spare a thought for your fellow community members and consider what you could do to make their festive season just that little bit brighter by joining in APN's 2011 Adopt-A-Family appeal.
Now in it's 16th year, the annual appeal, run in partnership with the Linking Alms program since 2002, is expected to help more than 65 families in the Central Highlands, thanks to the generous donations of residents and local businesses.
The Emerald Neighbourhood Centre's Lorna Hicks said she would be by the phone from 7am this morning to take calls from those looking to assist, simply by gathering perishable and non-perishable items into a basket and dropping it at the Yamala St centre.
"Anything will help, such as normal Christmas pleasure and treats - Christmas cakes, Christmas puddings, those sorts of things," Lorna said.
"We can take some perishables because we have a fridge and freezer, and it's nice for a family to enjoy those types of things on Christmas."
Since 2002, the APN Adopt-A-Family appeal has been run with the community-established Linking Alms program, and it has seen the annual show of generosity go from strength to strength as people delve a little deeper and help out their fellow residents - perhaps a neighbour or a deserving stranger.
"With the appeal, we help about 65 families - that's the normal number," Lorna said.
"But this year, we're expecting a lot more because a lot of people are still hurting."
Lorna said the appeal's success was due to the assurance of confidentiality on behalf of the recipient families.
"After everything Emerald and surrounding residents have endured since last Christmas, the Adopt-A-Family and Linking Alms appeals are perhaps that little bit more meaningful this year," Central Queensland News editor Di Stanley said.
"Let's all band together and give what we can to others to spread the cheer around."
Call Lorna at the Neighbourhood Centre on 4982 1696 to find out how you can help make Christmas a memorable one this year.
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