Ruby raises funds for mission gifts
Ruby Wright has guaranteed herself a place in Santa’s good books this year.
The Kohimarama schoolgirl has proven her charitable spirit by spending every weekend since the start of November busking to raise money to buy presents for less-fortunate children.
‘‘Last year on Christmas Eve my family was giving presents to the mission and I saw all the people and all the children outside,’’ the 10-year-old says.
‘‘It made me think of fundraising because I want every kid to get a Christmas present,’’ she says.
It is only the second year she has been playing the saxophone but she wasn’t too shy to take it to the streets of east Auckland and belt out some carols.
Over six weeks Ruby raised $488 and used it to buy gifts for the Auckland City Mission to hand out to kids.
She made sure to buy items that were entertaining but didn’t need batteries.
The end result was a trolley loaded with presents wheeled into the mission on Monday.
‘‘I feel very happy, because now I know that kids are going to get presents this year,’’ Ruby says.
The Christmas season is a particularly busy time for the Auckland City Mission.
Volunteer Olive Bodenburg says people start lining up outside the doors from 1am.
By 9am the line is stretching down Hobson St, she says.
Ruby’s mum Rowena says she is proud to see her daughter do something so selfless by helping the mission.
‘‘When we came here last year we left crying there were so many people waiting outside,’’ Ruby says.
‘‘That’s when she had the idea, and I’m quite impressed to see her follow through.’’
Giving spirit: Auckland City Mission volunteer Olive Bodenburg with gift-giver Ruby Wright.