What goes around comes around: Adopt-a-Family gives back
TWO years ago Caloundra's Hallcroft family faced a bleak Christmas with cereal for lunch and no presents.
It wasn't Santa who saved the day, but the generosity of the people who gave to the Sunshine Coast Daily's Adopt a Family campaign and Kawana's C3 Church's Shine Community.
Now the family's fortunes have turned again and they are in a position to give back and are "adopting" their own family this Christmas.
Mrs Hallcroft told how a combination of events turned the family's life upside down in a short time.
"My son (Zac) was going in for surgery for a bone disease and the same time my husband (Tim) was laid off at work," she said.
"Times were very tough. We have three children and we couldn't afford Christmas presents."
Mr Hallcroft had secured a lucrative five-year contract to work in the mines. He was laid off two months after starting with no notice.
This happened about four weeks before Christmas.
"Shine Community Care was a lifesaver to us," Mrs Hallcroft said. "We were also given presents through Adopt a Family."
After seven months unemployment, Mr Hallcroft secured a full-time job closer to home.
Mrs Hallcroft has also started her own cleaning
business, which is "going gangbusters".
"Now we want to give back," she said.
"We have adopted a family this year and are going about getting presents for them.
"I took my kids shopping the other day. They were so excited to buy for another
Find out more visit the Sunshine Coast Daily's Adopt-a-Family campaign page here.