Southport residents bring joy to kids in care this Christmas

By Rob on December 2014

Southport children who are doing it tough will have more joy this festive season, with the launch of the Queensland Government’s annual Kids in Care Christmas Appeal.

Member for Southport Rob Molhoek MP encouraged families to show their Christmas Spirit and donate a present to brighten the life of a child in care.

“Christmas can be a difficult time for kids who can’t live at home, but by donating a small present we can let these children and young people know that we care,” Mr Molhoek said.

“Last year we had an overwhelming response to the appeal, with every child in care receiving a gift.

“Now we are asking Queenslanders to again get behind this Appeal and the children and young people who need help and support.”

Presents can include a range of presents, including gift cards, sporting equipment, board games, clothes and books. Gifts for teenage boys and girls, as well as the little ones, are greatly appreciated.

Once again, ABC local radio is supporting the appeal and promoting it throughout Queensland.

Mr Molhoek said the Newman Government was working hard to reform the child protection system, so that kids and young people in care had a brighter future.

“We are delivering on our strong plan to support families, but there is more to do and the Appeal is about bringing the community together to care for young Queenslanders,” he said.

“The age of boys and girls in care across Queensland this Christmas ranges from babies right through to 17 year olds.

“Gifts do not need to be costly — inexpensive presents can bring just as much joy as something expensive — gifts worth approximately $20 may be suitable.”

The appeal runs from 19 November to 5 December to allow time for gifts to be sorted and allocated. Any surplus toys will be distributed to other disadvantaged children.

Presents can be dropped off at local child safety service centres, the Southport Electorate Office (24 Musgrave Ave Chirn Park) or at ABC studios and shops throughout Queensland.
People can visit www.communities.qld.gov.au to find their closest donation point or find out more information on the state’s child protection system.

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