QUEENSLANDERS are being asked to buy gifts to help needy children have a happier Christmas.
More than 8300 abused and neglected children in Queensland live away from home, often with little prospect of joy on December 25.
The Kids in Care Christmas Appeal is backed by the Queensland Government, with Child Safety Minister Tracy Davis asking the community to embrace its charitable side.
"Christmas can be an emotional time for children living away from home and the reality of their situation can hit hard for some," Ms Davis said.
"However, receiving a gift can brighten their day and let them know that people really do care about them.
"Presents like gift cards, sporting equipment, board games, clothes and books can keep on giving during the Christmas holiday season."
Gifts should be aimed at children up to 17 with donations accepted at ABC studios in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast or any Harvey Norman store across the state.
The appeal ends on December 14, with any surplus toys distributed to children by Child Safety.
For more information, visit www.communities.qld.gov.au/childsafety.
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