Donate gifts for early teens to brighten their Xmas
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.