Noosa Junction Bank of Queensland staff members launching their Smith Family toy appeal are (L-R) Julia Lomax, Paige Wearmouth and Courtney Davey.
Noosa Junction Bank of Queensland staff members launching their Smith Family toy appeal are (L-R) Julia Lomax, Paige Wearmouth and Courtney Davey. Geoff Potterna

Bank urges people to open hearts

IT is not too late to help The Smith Family put a smile on the face of some Noosa children whose families will be doing it tough at Christmas, just like every other week.

Thanks to the solid gold support of Bank of Queensland staff at the Noosa Junction and Tewantin branches, the generous gift-giving to strangers has been building up under the tree.

This is all part of The Smith Family National Toy and Book Appeal that finishes at the end of November.

BOQ Tewantin owner-manager Rod Pertot said his staff’s hearts went out for the thousands of Aussie kids in danger of going without a gift during the holiday season simply because their families could not afford it.

“We all know Christmas is a time for giving and we really hope that locals throw their support behind the appeal so we can help put a smile on these children’s faces this Christmas,” Rod said.

“We’re hoping to collect a lot of books for the nine to 12-year-old age group as in the past this has been the group that The Smith Family hasn’t received enough donations for.”

BOQ Noosa Heads owner-manager Scott Armitage added: “All people need to do is drop a book or toy into any BOQ branch during November and we’ll be more than happy to act as Santa’s elves on behalf of The Smith Family and the bank. We really hope to give financially disadvantaged kids a memorable Christmas this year.”

Some suggested authors for the nine to 12-year age group include: Tori Kosara, Leigh Hobbs, Andy Griffiths, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Joseph Delaney, Copstead, Deborah Abela, Richard Newsome, Jackie French, Knox and Bilkuei, Angie Sage, Colin Thompson, and Morris Gleitzman.

In the week before Christmas the gifts will be packaged into parcels and delivered by The Smith Family volunteers to children who currently receive The Smith Family’s education and learning support.


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