Centre cheers on foster kids

CHILDREN in foster care will have a brighter Christmas, thanks to a Kings Meadows business team.

For the second year, staff at Westpac Lomond Contact Centre have bought a present for each of the North's 246 foster children.

The organisation last year supplied 199.

Centre support co-ordinator Di Courto said some staff members contributed more than one gift.

"The Wishing Tree program is something the whole centre gets behind," she said.

Northern Area director for Children and Youth Services Leonie Watson yesterday accepted the gifts for distribution.

"Christmas can be a quite difficult time and brings up good memories as well as bad," Ms Watson said.

"The gifts are greatly appreciated by carers and staff.

"It normalises it, they're getting that bit extra."

Foster carers are given a Christmas allowance to buy gifts for foster children. Westpac Lomond Contact Centre, based at Techno Park at Youngtown, is the only organisation to contribute extra presents.

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