Help the Sal­lies spread Christ­mas cheer


Christ­mas is the busiest time of year for The Sal­va­tion Army, says Porirua com­mu­nity min­istries man­ager Geoff O’Hal­lo­ran.

‘‘We are a church af­ter all, but it’s also a busy time mak­ing sure our clients en­joy Christ­mas.’’

For some, De­cem­ber 25 can be no dif­fer­ent to the day be­fore, he said.

The Porirua cen­tre de­liv­ers Christ­mas ham­pers and chil­dren’s presents to those who might oth­er­wise miss out on the fes­tiv­i­ties.

They also hold an an­nual Christ­mas meal that fed a hun­dred peo­ple last year, and O’Hal­lo­ran ex­pects a sim­i­lar amount this year, if not more, as word spreads.

‘‘It al­ways amazes me how much peo­ple give- gen­eros­ity is alive and well in Porirua.’’

The Sal­va­tion Army also has an Adopt a Fam­ily pro­gramme where fam­i­lies and busi­nesses can give food parcels and kids’ presents to spe­cific fam­i­lies in need.

It is O’Hal­lo­ran’s first Christ­mas with the Sal­lies and he has been left ‘‘gob­s­macked’’ by what peo­ple can do when they come to­gether.

Wat­tie’s has teamed up with The Sal­va­tion Army to de­velop Cans for Good.

The ini­tia­tive gets lo­cal chil- dren to do­nate a can to their school and Wat­tie’s match the do­na­tions, giv­ing a can for ev­ery can do­nated.

The pupils then work to­gether to make a de­sign with their cans to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion to win $500 for their school.

Hamp­ton Hill School and Greenacres School were two that got on board and col­lected 270 cans for the The Sal­va­tion Army Tawa food bank.

Lieu­tenant Jess Bez­zant at­tended both schools’ as­sem­blies to ex­plain what The Sal­va­tion Army did and the need for the food­bank in the com­mu­nity.

The Sal­va­tion Army Tawa ex­tended their thanks to Hamp­ton Hill School and Greenacres School for their par­tic­i­pa­tion and con­tri­bu­tion to the ‘Cans for Good’ ini­tia­tive.

HOW TO HELP Peo­ple in­ter­ested in donat­ing to the Sal­lies can visit sal­va­tion­ or call 0800 53 00 00.

Food can also be do­nated through Count­down or the on­line food­bank at food­ Presents can be do­nated through Kmart’s ‘Wish­ing Tree Ap­peal’.

Porirua Food­bank staff mem­ber El­iz­a­beth Iona stands in front of do­nated cans

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