ADRA issues Christmas challenge

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Wahroonga, New South Wales

As Christmas gifts and decorations begin to fill store shelves, the CEO of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Australia is challenging people to remember those families who go without –and give them a reason to celebrate.

It’s also an easy way to give meaningful gifts amongst a season of rampant consumerism.

“Almost a quarter of all Australian households are single person households,” Jonathan Duffy said. “Single parent families make up 15 per cent of our population and of these 41 per cent are unable to earn an income.

“Christmas for these families doesn’t necessarily involve celebration or family. This Christmas I’m challenging everyone to remember what Christmas should be about and to give those that need it most a reason to celebrate.”

Mr Duffy’s remarks come as ADRA Australia launches its annual “Give Life” Christmas Tree program. The program sees trees erected in churches, schools and other organisations across Australia. Instead of decorations, gift cards are hung on the branches, representing special gifts that will bring life to thousands around the world, including Australia.

According to Mr Duffy, the words of John 10:10 are central to the Christmas Tree program: “I came that they may have life; and life abundantly”.

“It’s also an easy way to give meaningful gifts amongst a season of rampant consumerism,” he said.

Last year more than 1100 life-changing gifts were bought from ADRA Christmas Trees.

“That’s a lot of chickens, school packs and emergency kits,” Mr Duffy said. “But more than that, that’s thousands of people who’ve been given a reason to celebrate.” To find out more about the program go to <www.adra.org.au>

“Almost a quarter of all Australian households are single person households,” Jonathan Duffy said. “Single parent families make up 15 per cent of our population and of these 41 per cent are unable to earn an income.

“Christmas for these families doesn’t necessarily involve celebration or family.This Christmas I’m challenging everyone to remember what Christmas should be about and to give those that need it most a reason to celebrate.”

Mr Duffy’s remarks come as ADRA Australia launches its annual “Give Life” Christmas Tree program. The program sees trees erected in churches, schools and other organisations across Australia. Instead of decorations, gift cards are hung on the branches, representing special gifts that will bring life to thousands around the world, including Australia.

According to Mr Duffy, the words of John 10:10 are central to the Christmas Tree program: “I came that they may have life; and life abundantly”.

“It’s also an easy way to give meaningful gifts amongst a season of rampant consumerism,” he said.

Last year more than 1100 life-changing gifts were bought from ADRA Christmas Trees.

“That’s a lot of chickens, school packs and emergency kits,” Mr Duffy said. “But more than that, that’s thousands of people who’ve been given a reason to celebrate.” To find out more about the program go to <www.adra.org.au>

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