Wish­ing Tree ap­peal kicks off

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TALIA CARLISLE

Christ­mas is a hard time for many Porirua fam­i­lies, so Kmart Porirua and the Sal­va­tion Army are step­ping in by hold­ing the an­nual Kmart Wish­ing Tree Ap­peal.

The 2013 ap­peal – the 19th of its kind – was launched at Kmart Porirua on Wed­nes­day.

The first presents were placed un­der the tree by Pau­ata­hanui School pupils Ol­lie and Bella Robin­son, as­sisted by Porirua mayor Nick Leggett and Labour MP Kris Faafoi.

Ol­lie, 10, col­lected 200 Christ­mas presents for dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren in Porirua last year.

This year he is en­cour­ag­ing his school and other Porirua schools to take part.

Porirua res­i­dents are in­vited to place new gifts, prefer­ably wrapped, un­der the tree in Kmart Porirua.

Tags are sup­plied to spec­ify the ideal gen­der and age of the child who will re­ceive the gift.

From mid-De­cem­ber the presents will be dis­trib­uted around Porirua by the Sal­va­tion Army.

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