Bethany Wagstaff, Lieutenant Richard Day and Dr Duanne Spiccia with the mountain of toys donated by patients in the Toys for Treatment day at Alive Chiropractic.
Bethany Wagstaff, Lieutenant Richard Day and Dr Duanne Spiccia with the mountain of toys donated by patients in the Toys for Treatment day at Alive Chiropractic. Lindsey Duce

The feel-good factor

BARBIES, monster trucks, cuddly teddies and remote control helicopters - the team at Alive Chiropractic has done its part in making Christmas a lot more cheerful for less fortunate families in Emerald.

Last Thursday the practice held its annual Toys for Treatment day, where instead of paying for appointments, patients were asked to bring in a new toy to the same value.

Chiropractic assistant Bethany Wagstaff said Dr Scott Stephens started the day about six years ago.

"We have had a pretty good response this year, a lot of people want to give generously," she said.

"Usually people bring back multiple gifts, and quite often they are above and beyond the value their adjustment would have been."

In conjunction with the Salvation Army, all the toys will be distributed to local families.

Corps officer of the Emerald Salvation Army Branch Lieutenant Richard Day said it was great to have the support of the community in helping those less fortunate.

"Without that support we would have a lot of difficulty helping the people in the community," he said.

More than 80 toys were collected from Alive Chiropractic by the Salvation Army on Monday.


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