THREE weeks out from Christmas and you're told you no longer have a job.
Sure, there might be a redundancy package and a final payout, but for many it won't even come close to filling the financial void - much less the emotional void - of being without a job this Christmas.
As we scurry about making our own lists and checking them twice, there are families for which the offerings on the Christmas dinner table might be meagre at best.
Some will not know where their next pay cheque will be coming from; others will be counting every penny, scrimping and saving, barely making ends meet.
This is the reality.
Is it something we like to read about as we get ready for the festive frivolities?
Not at all. But when there are so many doing it tough, thoughts must be spared and pockets reached into.
Mackay is a generous community. It always has been. So it comes as little surprise that The Mercury's Adopt-a-Family campaign was a huge success for yet another year.
As a mum - and as a member of the community I love - Christmas is a really special time of the year.
Certainly the big man in red comes along and there is the tree and all the trimmings. But the most important question any of us can ask, is this: What can we do to make Christmas a little brighter for someone not as fortunate? That's what makes it special and gives it all the more meaning.
So this Christmas ask yourself that. Then when you know the answer, do something about it.
It might be a small gesture, but in giving, you're actually getting back so much more.
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