FROM THE EDI­TOR

Franklin County News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

The Christ­mas tree is up at the Franklin County News of­fice at King St, Pukekohe and we are wel­com­ing do­na­tions of good­ies for our an­nual Smiles for Christ­mas ap­peal.

Each year, this ap­peal is greatly sup­ported by read­ers and we are hop­ing our won­der­ful com­mu­ni­ties con­tinue to show their gen­eros­ity in 2017.

While most of us look for­ward to Christ­mas, we may still worry about the mi­nor stresses of sort­ing out Christ­mas din­ner and de­cid­ing what gifts to buy our loved ones. But for some the stresses of Christ­mas take on a whole dif­fer­ent level.

There are those who can’t af­ford to buy gifts, strug­gle to get food on the ta­ble at the best of times and face the prospect of spend­ing Christ­mas alone.

That’s where we, and our com­mu­ni­ties, can help, with our Smiles for Christ­mas cam­paign with do­na­tions of non per­ish­able foods and chil­dren’s toys go­ing to Franklin Fam­ily Sup­port Ser­vices to dis­trib­ute to fam­i­lies in need. Julie Kaio News Di­rec­tor

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