Let’s help spread festive joy
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.