Christ­mas for chil­dren

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

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.­ingtree.

Quick cud­dle: New­lands two-yearold Ella Hin­dle says hello to one of the many Christ­mas bears among the gifts be­low the Kmart Wish­ing Tree.

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