Mak­ing Xmas bright

Auckland City Harbour News - - Front Page - By Heather McCracken

CHRIST­MAS will be mer­rier for many Auck­land fam­i­lies thanks to the gen­eros­ity of Auck­land City Har­bour News read­ers.

The Poverty Action Coali­tion has been flooded with gifts, toys and food since an ap­peal for do­na­tions last month.

Food­bank vol­un­teer Dean Thomas says they will help about 120 fam­i­lies have a brighter Christ­mas.

“I reckon they’ll be over the moon with this,” he says.

“Thank you to every­one who con­trib­uted, it’s fan­tas­tic to see.”

Vol­un­teer Pam Moresby says it’s won­der­ful to re­ceive so many gifts and toys for chil­dren.

But she’s just as pleased to get ba­sics like toi­let pa­per, milk and pet food.

“Ev­ery­thing we’ve asked for, we’ve got,” she says.

“It gives me faith that there are peo­ple out there who care.”

The do­na­tions are be­ing stored in a se­cure ship­ping con­tainer do­nated by One­hunga firm Con­tain­ertech, af­ter a plea for ex­tra stor­age space for the food­bank.

Hire and trans­port co­or­di­na­tor Charleen Lit­tle­john says she’s thrilled to see the con­tainer so well stocked.

“It’s go­ing to help so many peo­ple,” she says.

Sev­eral boxes of toys and gifts were col­lected by chil­dren at Skids af­ter­school care cen­tres.

“We were keen to help out in any way we can,” says Skids fran­chisee Jenny Par­sons.

“The kids were so proud,” she says.

“They showed amaz­ing gen­eros­ity and spirit. “They re­alised there were chil­dren out there who won’t be get­ting presents at Christ­mas and they wanted to help.”

Chil­dren from Vis­count School in Man­gere also do­nated four boxes of toys and canned food af­ter teacher He­len Au­ta­gavaia pinned the story about the food­bank on their news­board.

“We wanted to do it to help needy peo­ple at Christ­mas,” says pupil Theodore Wulf, 8.

Staff at Whit­coulls New­mar­ket de­cided to do­nate a gift each for the food­bank in­stead of giv­ing se­cret Santa presents this year.

And staff at the Auck­land City Har­bour News joined the ef­fort by hold­ing a bake sale for work­ers at nearby offices.

Our home bak­ing earned about $100, which was spent on ba­sic gro­cery items.

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