Christmas cheer from the Sallies
Staff and volunteers at Porirua Community Ministries in Cannons Creek are doing their best to ensure that Christmas is a little brighter for those who may not have been expecting such a merry Christmas this year.
The job is made easier by the organisations and individuals who donate to the Salvation Army during the festive season.
‘‘It’s amazing how willing people are to give to others at Christmas time,’’ said Lieutenant Chris Collings, director of the Salvation Army’s Community Ministries Centre. ‘‘Kmart is supporting us yet again through the Wishing Tree; Hartham Holdings has given a significant donation; Fresh and Bushy Christmas Trees donates a portion of the sale of each tree; and numerous individuals have come into our centre with some wonderful donations of food and gifts.’’
Until December 20, workers are distributing gifts to families in need, including toys from the Wishing Tree and vouchers for Christmas groceries.
The Christmas season for the Sallies ends on Christmas Day with a Community Christmas Dinner, open to anyone who just wants somewhere to go and have a good meal that day.
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