Christ­mas cheer from the Sallies

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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.

Photo: JANIE WALKER

Got it cov­ered: Ti­tahi Bay School pupil Zo­diac Aranui, 8, was one of the first to try on her new SunS­mart hat.

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