CHRISTMAS CHEER: The Casino Neighbourhood Centre and Brighter Futures team handed out their hampers and told the Northern Star the adopted families were lost for words from the generosity displayed.
CHRISTMAS CHEER: The Casino Neighbourhood Centre and Brighter Futures team handed out their hampers and told the Northern Star the adopted families were lost for words from the generosity displayed.

Tomorrow is your last chance to adopt a family with the Northern Star

TOMORROW is the final day to get involved in The Northern Star’s Adopt a Family campaign.

Every year The Northern Star runs the campaign to help families and individuals in financial hardship or social dislocation.

On Tuesday the Star’s newspaper sales manager, Kylee Mitchell, visited Brighter Futures, which is part of the Casino Neighbourhood Centre, to give the team their gift and food hampers to distribute.

“We had such a huge and positive result this year and I truly encourage more businesses, staff members, sports clubs, families and individuals to support these campaigns ... it’s a very rewarding experience,” Ms Mitchell said.

“The word ‘adoption’ may scare some readers, but all these adoptees require is donations of pantry items and non-perishable foods or a few presents to open Christmas morning.”

Brighter Futures family worker Rainbow Lacher said the staff were overwhelmed with the support shown by the community.

“Our whole staff area is filled with hampers and presents,” she said.

“From a worker’s perspective it was just such a nice memory to have ... these families see the extent others have gone for them, and it means a lot,” she said.

“I took a hamper and a bag of presents to a family and they was in tears, absolutely overwhelmed with the donations.”

All 36 of the Brighter Futures families have been adopted.

A total of 100 families have been adopted in the Adopt a Family campaign so far but there’s still about 70 unassigned families.

Charities include, but are not limited to, CASPA, Northern Rivers Gateway and Wesley Mission.

The campaign ends at 5pm tomorrow, so there’s still time to contact a charity from the list on page 12 and get involved.

You can also look at the list online.

Once you’ve called a charity and confirmed what your family needs, it’s just a matter of heading down to a department store or supermarket, making a purchase and changing someone’s Christmas.



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