Family finds joy in giving this Easter

SPIRIT OF GIVING: Jason and Kristy Manning with Jason’s daughters Charmaine and Angel and the gift they prepared for Easter. Picture: Harrison Vesey

IT DOESN’Tseem like Easter without chocolate, but for some children the tasty treat is sadly not an option.

Thankfully for one anonymousfamily of seven,help was on the way for their son with special needs.

Kristy Manning posted a message to the Cootamundra buy, swell and swap Facebook page on Good Friday,asking“who knows a child doing it tough this Easter?”

Within an hour thepost had dozens of likes and comments, and yesterday Angel and Charmaine Manning were able to deliver a late Easter gift.

“His mother was struggling with everything and because he can’t eat chocolate we decided to give him our NintendoDS andsome games for Easter,” Angel said.

They also wrote Easter cards to everyone in the family and put it all together in a hand-decoratedbasket.

The mother, who wishes to remain anonymous,said the gift “meant the world” to their family and“the boys’ smiles said it all”.

This isnot the first time Angel and Charmainehave done something like this.

They regularly help out at the Cootamundra Soup Kitchenand, several years ago, they donated toys to a family who lost everything in a house fire.

“They arepretty giving kids, they understand you have to give to get,” Kristy said.

“You can either be selfish and not care, or you can try and make a difference.”

It’s a lesson Kristy and Jasonlearned the hard way.

Today, they both work at Junee Correctional Centre, but when they met at TAFE they weresingle parents trying to find work and survive onpension.

“At one stage we were on no money, and you do make do, but so many people helped us,” Kristy said.

Jason agreed their background inspired them to make a conscious effort with the values they want to instil in their children.

“Theyused to bethat underprivileged kid, so teaching thegiving and the receiving is a good thing,” he said.

“There wasn’t a great deal of help when I was their age, and if it wasn’t for my grandmotherI would be wearing green as an inmate where I work.”

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