Kids are keen to give

Central Leader - - Front Page - By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

SOME of Auck­land’s youngest Christ­mas fans are putting on their Santa hats for a good cause and are hop­ing oth­ers will fol­low their lead.

To­day marks the start of the Cen­tral Leader and Sal­va­tion Army Christ­mas Ap­peal – where toys, gifts and house­hold items will be re­dis­tributed to needy fam­i­lies to brighten up their fes­tive sea­son.

New or near-new toys, toi­letries and cans of food are be­ing sought, which can be dropped off to any lo­cal Skids cen­tre – Safe Kids in Daily Su­per­vi­sion.

Sal­va­tion Army Auck­land com­mu­nity min­istries di­rec­tor Caryn Daly says the ap­peal is about the spirit of gen­eros­ity and the or­gan­i­sa­tion will help about 400 fam­i­lies.

“It’s a re­ally good re­source for us part­ner­ing with peo- ple in the com­mu­nity. This gen­er­a­tion of kids get that.”

She says it is great chil­dren are keen to help oth­ers and adds that the or­gan­i­sa­tion is see­ing more work­ing fam­i­lies ap­peal for help.

“This year will be more of a strug­gle be­cause of the eco­nomic cli­mate. This type of ap­peal gives an av­enue to those who want to help those less for­tu­nate but don’t know how to go about it.

“We will make more than 800 ham­pers for fam­i­lies. Auck­land is a great place, ev­ery­body can be car­ing.”

She says it would be nice to hon­our fam­i­lies with new toys and ev­ery­body has a part to play in their com­mu­nity.

Skids helper Ruben Emmerson-Hi­ini plans to help sort out the do­nated toys.

“I like Star Wars and Lego Star Wars,” says the eightyear-old, adding that other kids might like th­ese kind of toys too.

Seven-year-old Alex Du Plessis is hop­ing Santa will bring her ear­rings and a new phone and plans to get in­volved with Christ­mas ac­tiv­i­ties at the cen­tre.

Jes­sica Du Plessis, 12, would also like a phone but says the con­cept of re­dis­tribut­ing gifts to needy chil­dren is a cool idea.

Skids co-or­di­na­tor Jenny Par­sons notes that cen­tres Auck­land-wide can use their pulling power for the ap­peal.

“It in­spires the kids to do­nate and they love it. They en­joyed it last year.”

She says the fam­ily-ori­ented busi­ness helps to give back to lo­cals and ad­vises that un­wrapped gifts are best so Sal­va­tion Army staff can sort them out for var­i­ous age groups.

“Each cen­tre is com­pet­ing to see who gets the most do­na­tions,” she says.

The Cen­tral Leader and the Sal­va­tion Army would also love other lo­cal busi- nesses to get on board with the ap­peal – con­tact edcl@ snl.co.nz to get in­volved.

Goods and gifts can be dropped to Skids cen­tres at Bal­moral School, Bay­field Pri­mary School, Grey Lynn Pri­mary School, Halsey Drive School, Hills­bor­ough Pri­mary School, Herne Bay Marist School, Mt Al­bert Pri­mary School, Oranga School and Te Pa­papa School.

Items can also be dropped to the Cen­tral Leader at 72 Do­min­ion Rd, Mt Eden.

See www.skids.co.nz for other drop-off points or email the same ad­dress to have items col­lected if you can­not reach a Skids cen­tre.

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