Hervey Bay Independent : 4th December 2014
Spreading Christmas cheer for kids in care They say it takes a village to help raise a child, and this is particularly true for children who cannot live with their own families. With Christmas around the corner, ABC Wide Bay is teaming up with the Department of Communities’ Child Safety and Disability Services to make sure these children know they’re being thought about this Christmas. The Wide Bay radio team has rallied behind the annual Kids in Care Christmas Appeal for the third year running. More than 8500 Queensland children and young people live in foster, kinship or residential care because their natural parents cannot provide the care or protection they need. The Wide Bay radio team wants to make sure these children feel special this Christmas. Last year countless gifts were donated thanks to the kindness of ABC listeners. This year ABC Wide Bay is hoping for another generous response so the Department can provide presents for boys and girls of all age groups up to 17 yearsold by December 5. To show you care, donate a small gift to the Kids in Care Christmas Appeal which runs from November 19 – December 5. For more information or donation points visit abc.net.au/widebay. Throughout the appeal, Child Safety Offi cers will distribute the gifts to children and young people in care across Queensland. Any extra gifts received will The ABC Wide Bay crew get in the Christmas spirit for the Kids in Care campaign, Rural Reporter Eliza Rogers, Mornings Presenter David Dowsett, Breakfast Presenter Wayne Shearman and Journalist Kallee Buchanan. be distributed to other disadvantaged children and young people. In choosing a gift for the appeal, the best advice is to think about what you would buy if this gift was for your own child, niece, nephew or grandchild. What were the things that they wanted and loved? To help you decide here’s a few ideas: Consider items priced between $20 and $25. Gifts need to be age and gender appropriate. Often toys/games will have an age rating on the packaging. Safety is always a consideration in choosing gifts and toys for children of all ages. Used items, or food, are not appropriate to donate. Select gifts that are easy to transport and do not wrap the gifts, as this will make it easier to match donations to each child. The nearest drop-off points to Hervey Bay are at Gympie Child Safety Service Centre at 26 Duke Street., Gympie, and ABC Radio Wide Bay at Shop 6, 58 Woongarra Street, Bundaberg. Find out what is happening in Division 6 What the Council’s priorities are Let Council know your concerns I am happy to attend any meeting throughout the year and to speak on any topic as requested. Phone me to arrange a date. This offer is available until 15th December 2014 Cr Trevor McDonald - Division 6 Pialba Eli Waters Pt Vernon Contact Cr McDonald on 0448 075 332 Meet Trevor McDonald ESA Park, Point Vernon Friday, December 12 - 10am to 12noon Hervey Bay Independent, December 4, 2014 / 29 GET YOUR FULL DIGITAL EDITION Download the App today!
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