Do­nate gifts for early teens to brighten their Xmas

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With only 16 days left un­til Christ­mas, gifts are flow­ing in for those in need.

The Cen­tral Leader and Sal­va­tion Army Christ­mas Ap­peal was launched on Novem­ber 20, with the Safe Kids in Daily Su­per­vi­sion pro­grammes act­ing as dropoff points for do­na­tions.

Sal­va­tion Army Auck­land com­mu­nity min­istries di­rec­tor Caryn Daly says it has al­ready taken a de­liv­ery of toys, food and toi­letries and more is com­ing in, in­clud­ing mon­e­tary do­na­tions.

“It seems to be go­ing rea­son­ably well,” she says.

Presents for youngsters in their early teens are the hard­est things to find, she says.

“The 11 to 14 age group gets quite tricky to find gifts for.”

She says things like balls, fris­bees and sport­ing equip­ment that gets kids play­ing out­side are good gifts, along with items like card games and puz­zles.

“Girls like toi­letries as well, the lip glosses and Cool Charms and boys like the Lynx body sprays.”

Skids co-or­di­na­tor Jenny Par­sons says five boxes of goods have al­ready been de­liv­ered to the Sal­va­tion Army and more are on the way from Skids cen­tres.

“The most any cen­tre has col­lected is 137 items and that was Ti­ti­rangi.”

She says in south Auck­land, the Sal­va­tion Army only wants toys so do­na­tions of other items are com­ing to the cen­tral Auck­land ap­peal.

Canned food is the most com­mon do­na­tion item, along with soft toys and art and craft sup­plies.

Ms Par­sons is keen to see more toi­letries com­ing in and gifts for teenagers.

The Cen­tral Leader would love to see other busi­nesses get in­volved with the ap­peal. To do so email edcl@ snl.co.nz.

Do­nated items can be dropped off at Skids cen­tres, see www.skids.co.nz for lo­ca­tions.

They can also be de­liv­ered to the Cen­tral Leader offices at Unit 1-3, 72 Do­min­ion Rd, Mt Eden.

The ap­peal fin­ishes next Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 16.

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