Christmas morning will be extra special for children in foster care and other families known to Child Safety, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of Queenslanders donating gifts to the Newman Government’s Kids in Care Christmas Appeal.
Child Safety Minister Tracy Davis thanked Queenslanders for their kindness, donating 16,500 gifts to children who are unable to live with their biological parents this Christmas.
“There are now thousands of children, young people and families across the state who will enjoy a brighter Christmas thanks to the generosity of many Queenslanders,” Ms Davis said.
“We were hoping to receive around 8,600 gifts this year to make sure every child and young person living away from home received a Christmas gift through this appeal.
“We have exceeded our target and I cannot thank Queenslanders enough for pulling together to be a part of the village by donating a gift to the appeal.
“The Newman Government is revitalising frontline services for families and Queenslanders have shown their support for children living in out of home arrangements.”
Ms Davis said extra presents will be given to non-government organisations to distribute to disadvantaged or vulnerable families.
Ms Davis also thanked ABC Local Radio in Queensland and their listeners for their support of the annual appeal.
To find out how you can help protect Queensland children, or to learn about becoming a foster carer, visit www.communities.qld.gov.au/childsafety.