Skids in Xmas spirit
TEN-YEAR-OLD Oliver Owen thinks no one should have to miss out on Christmas presents.
“Everyone deserves to have something at Christmas,” he says.
Oliver is among children from Skids after-school centres supporting the Auckland City Harbour News Christmas appeal.
They’re collecting food and toys for the Poverty Action Coalition, to help families in need through the festive season.
“We’re seeing which site can raise the most for children who aren’t as lucky as us,” Owen says.
Balmoral Skids manager Ada Berryman says the children, aged between five and 12, are right behind the appeal.
“Most understand what it’s about, that it’s about poverty and children who can’t afford things,” she says.
Eight Skids franchises in Auckland will be collecting over the next week.
They were among many readers to offer support after the appeal was launched in the Auckland City Harbour News two weeks ago.
About a dozen people also phoned with offers of short-term storage for the Onehunga-based foodbank.
The best solution came from Onehunga company Containertech, who offered the use of a secure shipping container, which will be stored on their site.
Hire and transport coordinator Charleen Littlejohn says they were happy to contribute at Christmas.
“We’re a small business and if we can help, especially someone from our own community, then we will,” she says.
“We just rang up and said we can help.”
The company has also donated a container for a year to a Mangere Scout group who lost their building in a fire.
Foodbank coordinator Bill Anderson says the storage is ideal.
“It means we have an alternate drop off and pick up point.”
He says they’re grateful for the donations received so far, but is making a special plea for more pet food.
“We get a very limited amount and demand is always high,” he says.
“If food is scarce for a family then the pets miss out.”
The coalition would also welcome sponsorship because a long-standing sponsor who provides about $4000 a year is very elderly and is not likely to be able to contribute in the future.
Donations of food and new unwrapped toys and gifts can be left at the Auckland City Harbour News office, Unit 1-3, 72 Dominion Rd, Eden Terrace, until December 17.
Christmas cheer: Wrapping presents for the Poverty Action Coalition Christmas appeal are Katie Beyer, 8, and Oliver Owen, 10.