CHRISTMAS JOY: The staff at North Coast Medicare Local Tarmans House, celebrating their efforts in the Adopt-A-Family scheme this Christmas.
CHRISTMAS JOY: The staff at North Coast Medicare Local Tarmans House, celebrating their efforts in the Adopt-A-Family scheme this Christmas. Marnie Johnston

Medicare Local take to ‘family adoption’

ONE local family will have some extra Christmas joy this year, thanks to North Coast Medicare Local.

About 25 members from the Ballina and Lismore offices banded together and chipped in to "adopt" a family through The Northern Star's Adopt-A-Family scheme.

North Coast Medicare Local has a history of giving at Christmas time, and this year Vickie Williams from Tarmons House Mental Health Service organised the team.

North Coast Medicare Local staff member Janet Grist said not only did it help a local family in need, but it also helped team-building within the staff.

"It was just a great way to bring the staff together and do something good at the same time," Ms Grist said.

It gives us a great amount of satisfaction. It's exciting to see it mounting up over the weeks.

Ms Grist said the team had searched for a large family and had ended up with one with four children.

"The more kids we can help, the better," she said.

"We wanted to make sure they had a really great Christmas."

"So they packed numerous baskets with Christmas food, items and gifts for the family's enjoyment."

Ms Grist said "absolutely" they would be participating again next year.

"It's become a tradition," she said, adding it was their way of doing something good for those in need.

"Christmas can be a difficult time, but hopefully we've made one family a little happier these holidays."

She said that Christmas should be a time of joy and happiness with loved ones.

"I'd like to think everyone could have that."



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