(back) Holly Lucas, (middle) Tahnee Jenkinson, Robyn Stanger are thrilled with the presents they have gotten for adopt-a-family at Bengigo Bank, Windmill Centre, Gladstone.
(back) Holly Lucas, (middle) Tahnee Jenkinson, Robyn Stanger are thrilled with the presents they have gotten for adopt-a-family at Bengigo Bank, Windmill Centre, Gladstone. Brenda Strong

Bendigo Bank Kin Kora spreading joy through Christmas appeal

BENDIGO Bank's Kin Kora branch has been spreading the Christmas spirit through The Observer's Adopt-A-Family for Christmas appeal.

Branch manager Holly Lucas said a Christmas tree had been placed in the shopfront to allow customers to join in and donate presents for their adopted families. "We've had lots of donations from the community," Ms Lucas said. "One elderly gentleman in particular donated $100."

Staff at the bank set up the Christmas tree and placed boxes around it for each member of their adopted family, so Ms Lucas said the whole family had presents for Christmas Day.

Their adopted family of seven consisted of a mother, a father, three boys and two girls.

Customer donations were so generous she said they were also able to purchase a washing basket to fill as a food hamper.

"Lots of people were stopping to look at it and asking about it."

And she said everyone was keen to help once they heard about the cause.

"The general members of the community were very generous. The boxes were overflowing with presents."

Ms Lucas said by getting customers involved they were able to raise awareness about families doing it tough.

"I don't think people realised there were so many unfortunate families out there."

Ms Lucas said the Kin Kora bank would be involved with next year's Adopt-A-Family for Christmas.

Hampers

The charities have asked that presents are not wrapped, do not contain chocolate and that people keep in mind the presents won't be received until Christmas when checking use-by dates on foodstuffs.

Salvation Army has four families remaining who still need to be adopted for Christmas.

The families consist of single people.

If you can help phone the Salvation Army on 49726878.

For the other families adopted from the list, hampers were due by December 7.

Uniting Care has had all of their families adopted and hampers need to be in by today.

All of Anglicare's families have been adopted and donations were due on December 7.