Maureen Martin, Dot McFadden (left) and Rosemary Johnson (right), all of Lismore, helping in the St Vinnies De Paul christmas appeal.
Maureen Martin, Dot McFadden (left) and Rosemary Johnson (right), all of Lismore, helping in the St Vinnies De Paul christmas appeal. Marc Stapelberg

Adopt a family and make someone's Christmas

THE Northern Star is again running the Adopt-A-Family appeal for the Christmas season, in association of some local charities.

The Adopt-A-Family appeal is your chance to support these members of your local community in the true spirit of Christmas, donating presents, hampers of food, or anything to spread the Christmas joy to families dealing with financial hardship on the Northern Rivers.

Families have nominated for adoption by local charities St Vincent de Paul, Brighter Futures, Ballina District Community Services, Byron Community Centre, Mental Health Support Line, and Lismore Soup Kitchen.

Michael Timbrell, executive officer of the Lismore diocesan central council of St Vincent de Paul, said "We're quite happy to be involved in it."

"Christmas can be a very expensive time of year for people," said Mr Timbrell.

"This gives us an opportunity to help more disadvantaged people than we can possibly help through our normal Christmas programs. The more people we can help the better."

"It allows them to have some Christmas joy that they may not otherwise be able to enjoy."

The Adopt-A-Family appeal invites individuals, businesses, clubs, schools, families, and workplaces to join together in making sure everyone in Northern Rivers has a truly merry Christmas.

To adopt a family, visit northernstar.com.au/adoptafamily or contact one of the charities involved directly.



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