Amelia Meek, Caitlin McKenzie, Celeste Kruger, Ryan Balint, Timothy Lang, Nicolas Bellingham and Nicholas Stephens with Joanne McKinnon and Jodie Gilmore from Red Cross.
Amelia Meek, Caitlin McKenzie, Celeste Kruger, Ryan Balint, Timothy Lang, Nicolas Bellingham and Nicholas Stephens with Joanne McKinnon and Jodie Gilmore from Red Cross.

Spirit of giving comes alive

THE generosity of the Warwick community is unmistakable.

When someone is in need, the people of the Rose City are never far behind, ready to lend a helping hand - and this Christmas is no exception.

The Red Cross Adopt-A-Family program has seen businesses, schools, families and organisations jumping on the band-wagon, to help less-fortunate families fill their Christmas stockings this year.

Scots PGC College is one school that has taken to the challenge to adopt not one, but five families for Christmas.

Adopt-A-Family project co-ordinator Joanne McKinnon said she was thrilled with the school's contributions.

"Thank you to Scots, every year they take families and it just shows community spirit," Mrs McKinnon said.

"For some families, these are the only gifts they'll get.

"It makes a tremendous difference to a lot of families," she said.

Year four students presented the Red Cross with five jam-packed baskets full of toys and gifts.

Head of Junior and Middle School at Scots Michelle Brown said the students loved the experience.

"The children love it and love the feeling of giving," Mrs Brown said.

"They know they have to give and receive at Christmas time."

She said Christmas was a time to realise just how lucky so many of us are.

"We are just all so fortunate and we like to think about those not so fortunate in Warwick over Christmas," Mrs Brown said.

This is the third year in a row the school has adopted families and the Red Cross said they could not be more appreciative.

"They want to teach children to share the Christmas spirit of giving," Mrs McKinnon said.

"The generosity out there is unreal and the Red Cross appreciate it big time."

The adopted families will receive their special Christmas deliveries on December 19 and 20.


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