Christmas for children
Not only does Kmart Porirua have its Christmas tree up – presents are already brimming at its base.
The department store launched its annual Wishing Tree charity event last Wednesday, and the police, New Zealand Army, Mana MP Kris Faafoi and mayor Nick Leggett were all on-hand bearing gifts.
Shoppers are encouraged to leave a present under the tree, which will later be donated to The Salvation Army, to brighten the Christmas of families less fortunate.
Gifts can be purchased from any retailer or hand-made, and cash donations can be made online.
Kmart Porirua manager Julian Hopkins said last year 2900 gifts were donated, and he hopes to exceed that this Christmas.
He said the army made a valuable contribution to the cause in 2012, promoting the charity, encouraging people to donate and collecting the presents. A LAV (light armoured vehicle) is again expected to come and collect presents – and excite kids – in midDecember.
Gifts can be donated at the Wishing Tree until closing on Christmas Eve. Visit: www. kmart.co.nz/wishingtree.
Quick cuddle: Newlands two-yearold Ella Hindle says hello to one of the many Christmas bears among the gifts below the Kmart Wishing Tree.