Let’s help spread fes­tive joy

Franklin County News - - OUT & ABOUT -

Christ­mas will get a lot mer­rier for fam­i­lies in Franklin who tra­di­tion­ally do it tough at this ex­pen­sive time of the year - thanks to the gen­eros­ity of lo­cals.

To­day we start ac­cept­ing do­na­tions for the Franklin County News’ Smiles for Christ­mas cam­paign - a food and pressie drive has been run­ning since the turn of the cen­tury, spread­ing joy to clients of Franklin Fam­ily Sup­port Ser­vices, who would oth­er­wise be fac­ing a bleak fes­tive sea­son with lit­tle or no gifts, bare cup­boards and empty fridges.

Pukekohe’s Mal­colm Wrigley In­sur­ance Ser­vices (MWIS) and NZI High­brook, with sup­port from Mad Butcher Pukekohe, have also come board by pro­vid­ing 100 half hams to fam­i­lies in need.

FFSS is thrilled with the ad­di­tion of the hams to its ham­pers.

‘‘It is such a great feel­ing to know that fam­i­lies fac­ing hard­ship can en­joy a spe­cial Christ­mas with plenty to eat,’’ gen­eral man­ager Jes­sica Tim­mins said.

‘‘We are in­volved in the Smiles for Christ­mas cam­paign be­cause we have seen first hand the dif­fer­ence it makes to the most vulnerable fam­i­lies in our area.

‘‘The ap­pre­ci­a­tion we see from th­ese fam­i­lies in­clud­ing lots of tears, laugh­ter, joy and hugs is price­less.’’

Read­ers can also sup­port the ap­peal with do­na­tions of food and toys.

Franklin Fam­ily Sup­port would ap­pre­ci­ate do­na­tions of non-per­ish­able cel­e­bra­tion foods; ba­sic food items; ex­cel­lent qual­ity, hardly used or new toys and chil­dren’s books; the kinds of things that say ‘‘I care’’ such as pretty soaps, de­odor­ants, af­ter­shaves and trin­kets.

Do­na­tions can be dropped off to the Franklin County News of­fice and Franklin Fam­ily Sup­port Ser­vices in Pukekohe.

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