Mis­sion’s mis­sion is for whole year

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

The ef­forts of Auck­lan­ders to help make sure strug­gling fam­i­lies had some kind of Christ­mas this year is be­ing lauded by the Auck­land City Mis­sion.

Queues of peo­ple in need of sup­port stretched for hun­dreds of me­tres out­side the mis­sion in the lead-up to Christ­mas as the ef­fects of the dire eco­nomic cli­mate hit many fam­i­lies.

City mis­sioner Diane Robert­son says in De­cem­ber the mis­sion pro­vided more than 2500 emer­gency food parcels to fam­i­lies in des­per­ate need and en­sured 5000 chil­dren who may oth­er­wise have gone with­out re­ceived a Christ­mas present.

More than 2500 peo­ple at­tended the Christ­mas lunch at the Viaduct Events Cen­tre while the rest of the mis­sion’s ser­vices con­tin­ued to run as usual through­out an ex­tremely busy time.

‘‘We sim­ply could not have achieved any of this with­out the help of our won­der­ful sup­port­ers,’’ Ms Robert­son says.

‘‘Once again the peo­ple of Auck­land and be­yond showed fan­tas­tic gen­eros­ity in help­ing us reach our fundrais­ing tar­get of $900,000.

‘‘Ev­ery cent we re­ceive not only helps us meet the in­crease in de­mand over Christ­mas but also en­sures that our ser­vices are suf- fi­ciently funded through­out the year ahead.’’

Also dur­ing De­cem­ber the Mis­sion re­ceived more than $800,000 worth of food and many thou­sands of Christ­mas presents from in­di­vid­u­als and lo­cal busi­nesses.

Hun­dreds bat­tled the crowds to drop off do­na­tions at the mis­sion’s doors and a team of drivers com­pleted 425 pick-ups in three weeks – an in­crease of 38 per cent over the pre­vi­ous year.

‘‘The in­creased de­mand for our ser­vices over Christ­mas puts great pres­sure on our re­sources and th­ese very thought­ful con­tri­bu­tions go a long way to al­le­vi­at­ing th­ese stresses.

‘‘Our ded­i­cated team of staff work tire­lessly through­out this time to meet the needs of ev­ery­one who, with no-one else to turn to, look to the mis­sion for help.

‘‘How­ever, we sim­ply could not do our jobs with­out the won­der­ful sup­port of so many vol­un­teers.’’

In De­cem­ber the mis­sion was as­sisted by 1248 peo­ple who pro­vided nearly 5000 hours of vol­un­teer time.

Ms Robert­son says while Christ­mas may be over, the need for help does not stop.

‘‘Our home­less, cri­sis care, so­cial detox, med­i­cal and food distri­bu­tion ser­vices will con­tinue to pro­vide as­sis­tance to Auck­lan­ders in des­per­ate need . . .’’

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