Making Xmas bright
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.