Mo­tat helps out

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Vis­i­tors to Mo­tat in the lead-up to Christ­mas have made a big dif­fer­ence to chil­dren who might oth­er­wise have not seen much fes­tive joy this year.

Each year Mo­tat runs a present drive where it in­vites cus­tomers to do­nate a gift in­stead of paying an en­try fee.

This year presents have been do­nated to Barnar­dos for chil­dren who are spend­ing the sea­son away from their fam­i­lies.

Mo­tat be­gan dis­tribut­ing the gifts last week and mar­ket­ing man­ager Deanna Whar­ton says it is some­thing the mu­seum is happy to do.

‘‘Mo­tat takes pride in be­ing a com­mu­nity-ori­ented or­gan­i­sa­tion, which in­cludes ed­u­cat­ing young Ki­wis and en­gag­ing in ac­tiv­i­ties like this,’’ she says.

‘‘Last year we do­nated more than 6600 gifts to char­ity thanks to the sup­port of our vis­i­tors and we are hop­ing to at­tract just as much sup­port this year.’’

Among those get­ting a help­ing hand is tran­si­tion fos­ter mum An­gela, who is look­ing af­ter a baby girl un­til a fam­ily mem­ber is able to take over care­giv­ing.

Barnar­dos sup­ports An­gela in this work and to be able to pro­vide some as­sis­tance in the form of a present for the lit­tle girl, who will be hav­ing her first Christ­mas this year, goes a long way.

‘‘It’s beau­ti­ful to have lit­tle gifts,’’ An­gela says. ‘‘ A lot of kids have a rough start so this makes it ex­tra spe­cial, es­pe­cially on her first Christ­mas.’’

Barnar­dos fos­ter care so­cial worker Dean Banks says the help from Mo­tat is crit­i­cal.

‘‘It’s al­ways an is­sue for us and we sur­vive at times like Christ­mas on the gen­er­ous gifts from busi­nesses and the com­mu­nity.

‘‘With­out help we wouldn’t be able to share the Christ­mas spirit with the chil­dren in our care.’’

Much needed: Mo­tat mar­ket­ing man­ager Deanna Whar­ton, left, de­liv­ers presents to Barnar­dos tran­si­tion fos­ter mum An­gela, her kids Clare, 6, and Cather­ine, 2, and a baby she is look­ing af­ter for a cou­ple of months.

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